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Elliot Berkman

Professor; Divisional Associate Dean, Natural Sciences
CTN Co-Director
Center for Translational Neuroscience, Food Studies, Neuroscience, Psychology, SAIL
Phone: 541-346-4909
Office: 332 LISB
Research Interests: Social/Personality, Translational Neuroscience, Self-Regulation, Goals, Motivation


Elliot Berkman, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, Co-Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience, and faculty in The Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health. He studies the motivational and cognitive factors that contribute to success and failure at health goals such as cigarette smoking cessation and dieting. His research leverages the distinct strengths of several research methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, longitudinal survey methods, and laboratory experiments. This work adopts a translational neuroscience approach by using knowledge of brain function, structure, and connectivity to design and improve interventions on health behavior and wellbeing. Projects in the lab are currently funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He directs the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology. Follow his blog at Psychology Today, The Motivated Brain, and his twitter feed @Psychologician.

The Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab particularly welcomes scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy.

Dr. Berkman is not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2024.

Recent representative publications:

Berkman, E.T., & Wilson, S.M. (2021). So useful as a good theory? The practicality crisis in (social) psychological theory. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16, 864-874.

Nagayama Hall, G.C., Berkman, E.T., Zane, N.W., Leong, F.T.L., Hwang, W-C., Nezu, A.M., Nezu, C.M., Hong, J.J., Chu, J.P., & *Huang, E.R. (2021). Reducing mental health disparities by increasing the personal relevance of interventions. American Psychologist, 76, 91-103.

Horn, S.R., Fisher, P.A., Pfeifer, J.H., Allen, N.B., & Berkman, E.T. (2020). Levers and barriers to success in the use of translational neuroscience for the prevention and treatment of mental health and promotion of well-being across the lifespan. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 12, 38-48. [pdf]

*Cosme, D., *Ludwig, R.M., & Berkman, E.T. (2019). Comparing two neurocognitive models of self-control during dietary decisions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. [pdf] [osf] [*NOTE: The first two authors contributed equally]

Ludwig, R.M., Srivastava, S., & Berkman, E.T. (2019). Predicting exercise with a personality facet: Planfulness and goal achievement. Psychological Science, 30, 1510-1521. [pdf] [osf]

Ludwig, R.M., Flournoy, J., & Berkman, E.T. (2019). Inequality in personality and temporal discounting across socioeconomic status? Assessing the evidence. Journal of Research in Personality, 81, 79-87. [oa] [osf] [pdf]

DeStasio, K.L., Hill, A.P., & Berkman, E.T. (2018). Efficacy of an SMS-based smoking intervention using message self-authorship: A pilot study. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 13, 55-58.

Ludwig, R.M., Srivastava, S., & Berkman, E.T. (2018). Planfulness: A process-focused construct of individual differences in goal achievement. Collabra, 4, 28.

Pfeifer, J.H., & Berkman, E.T. (2018). Self and identity development in adolescence: Neural evidence and implications for a value-based choice perspective on motivated behavior. Child Development Perspectives, 12, 158-164.

Berkman, E.T., Livingston, J.L., & Kahn, L.E. (2017). Finding the "self" in self-regulation: The identity-value model. Psychological Inquiry, 28, 77-98.

Berkman, E.T., Hutcherson, C.A., Livingston, J.L., Kahn, L.E., & Inzlicht, M. (2017). Self-control as value-based choice. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 422-428.

Beauchamp, K.G., Kahn, L.E., & Berkman, E.T. (2016). Does inhibitory control training transfer? Behavioral and neural effects on an untrained emotion regulation task. Social Cognition & Affective Neuroscience, 11, 1374-1382.

Giuliani, N.R., Mann, T., Tomiyama, A.J., & Berkman, E.T. (2014). Neural systems underlying the reappraisal of personally-craved foods. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(7), 1390-1402.

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.

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