Elliot Berkman (Social and Affective Neuroscience, Self-Regulation, Goals, Motivation, Quantitative Methods for fMRI, and Translational Neuroscience)

Assistant Professor

Office: 325 Lewis
Phone Number: (541) 346-4909
E-mail address: berkmanatuoregon [dot] edu
Web Page: http://sanlab.uoregon.edu

Research Interests and Publications:

How do we pursue long-term goals?  What are the behavioral, motivation, and neural factors that contribute to our success or failure?  A central aim of the research in Dr. Berkman’s Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory is to understand how these systems work together to help us strive for our goals.  To do this, his work combines the distinct strengths of several research methods including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cross-sectional and longitudinal survey methods, and laboratory experiments.  Examples of his research include fMRI studies of basic goal-relevant processes such as self-regulation and inhibitory control, experimental studies on how approach and avoidance motivation relate to emotions and performance, and longitudinal studies on real-world goals such as smoking cessation and dieting.  

Dr. Berkman will not be accepting new master's students for Fall 2014.

Selected Publications:

Giuliani, N.R., Mann, T., Tomiyama, A.J., & Berkman, E.T. (in press). Neural systems underlying the reappraisal of personally-craved foods. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Calcott, R.D. & Berkman, E.T. (in press). Attentional flexibility during approach and avoidance motivational states: The role of context in shifts of attentional breadth. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Berkman, E.T., Kahn, L.E., & Merchant, J.S. (2014). Training-induced changes in inhibitory control network activity. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(1), 149-157.

Giuliani, N.R., Calcott, R.D., & Berkman, E.T. (2013). Piece of cake: Cognitive reappraisal of food craving. Appetite, 64, 56-61.

Berkman, E.T. & Falk, E.B. (2013). Beyond brain mapping: Using the brain to predict real-world outcomes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(1), 45-50.

Berkman, E.T., Graham, A.M., & Fisher, P.A. (2012). Training self-control: A domain-general translational neuroscience approach. Child Development Perspectives, 6(4), 374-384.

Falk, E.B., Berkman, E.T., & Lieberman, M.D. (2012). From neural responses to population behavior: Neural focus group predicts population-level media effects. Psychological Science, 23(5), 439-445.

Berkman, E.T., & Reise, S.P. (2011). A Conceptual Guide to Statistics Using SPSS. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Berkman, E.T., Falk, E.B., & Lieberman, M.D. (2011). In the trenches of real-world self-control: Neural correlates of breaking the link between craving and smoking. Psychological Science, 22(4), 498-506.

Berkman, E.T., Dickenson, J., Falk, E., & Lieberman, M.D. (2011). Using SMS text messaging to assess moderators of smoking reduction: Validating a new tool for ecological measurement of health behaviors. Health Psychology, 30(2), 186-194.

Berkman, E.T., & Lieberman, M.D. (2010). Approaching the good and avoiding the bad: Separating action and valence using dorsolateral prefrontal cortical asymmetry. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(10).

Falk, E.B., Berkman, E.T., Mann, T., Harrison, B, & Lieberman, M.D. (2010). Predicting persuasion-induced behavior change from the brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(25), 8421-8424.