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Elliot Berkman

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-4909
  • Office: 332 LISB
  • Interests: Social/Personality, Translational Neuroscience, Self-Regulation, Goals, Motivation
  • Website: Website

Research Interests and Publications

Elliot Berkman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Associate Director of the Center. 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. He directs the Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology. Follow is blog at Psychology Today, The Motivated Brain, and his twitter feed @Psychologician.

Dr. Berkman is not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2020.

Recent representative publications:

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

Horn, S.R., Fisher, P.A., Pfeifer, J.H., Allen, N.B., & Berkman, E.T. (in press). 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. [pdf]

Ludwig, R.M., Srivastava, S., & Berkman, E.T. (in press). Predicting exercise with a personality facet: Planfulness and goal achievement. Psychological Science. [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]

Berkman, E.T. (2018). Value-based choice: An integrative, neuroscience-informed model of health goals. Psychology & Health, 33, 40-57. [pdf]

Cosme, D., Mobasser, A., Zeithamova, D., Berkman, E.T., & Pfeifer, J.H. (2018). Choosing to regulate: Does choice enhance craving regulation? Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13, 300-309. [pdf] [osf]

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.

Calcott, R.D., & Berkman, E.T. (2015). Neural correlates of attentional flexibility during approach and avoidance motivation. PLoS ONE, 10, e0127203-19.

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.

Calcott, R.D. & Berkman, E.T. (2014). Attentional flexibility during approach and avoidance motivational states: The role of context in shifts of attentional breadth. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 1393-1408.

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.

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.

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