Department of Psychology and the College
Famed psychologist Kurt Lewin stressed that human behavior is a function of both the person and the environment; this concept is expressed in Lewin’s equation: Behavior = ƒ(Person, Environment). Understanding the relationship between individual psychological processing and environmental factors lies at the heart of Marc Berman’s research. He utilizes brain imaging, computational neuroscience, and statistical models to quantify the person, the environment, and their interactions. One finding from his lab shows that brief interactions with natural environments (such as a walk in a park) can improve memory and attention by 20 percent. In addition, he and his collaborators have shown that more efficient brain networks are linked to enhanced self-control throughout the life span.
Berman was named a Rising Star by the American Psychological Society (APS) in 2013. Previously he was an assistant professor of psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of South Carolina.
Berman, who also serves as the director of the University’s Environmental Neuroscience Lab, received his PhD in psychology and industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto’s Rotman Research Institute.
Berman joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.