Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (773) 702-1436
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 416

Marc Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and is involved in the Cognition, Social and Integrative Neuroscience programs. Understanding the relationship between individual psychological and neural processing and environmental factors lies at the heart of my research. In my lab we utilize brain imaging, behavioral experimentation, computational neuroscience and statistical models to quantify the person, the environment and their interactions. Marc received his B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Psychology and IOE from the University of Michigan. He received post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto's Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Before arriving to Chicago he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Research Interests

  • The ability of natural environments to improve affect, attention and memory
  • Brain network efficiency and its relationship to broad behaviors (e.g., self-control)
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Motivation and Effort
  • Worry, rumination, and depression
  • Environmental Neuroscience 


The Environmental Neuroscience Lab (ENL) 


Neural Mechanisms of Self-Control and Emotion Regulation

Berman, M.G., Yourganov, G., Askren, M.K., Ayduk, O., Casey, B.J., Gotlib, I.H., Kross, E., McIntosh, A.R., Strother, S.C., Wilson, N.L., Zayas, V., Mischel, W., Shoda, Y., & Jonides, J. (2013). "Dimensionality of brain networks linked to life long individual differences in self-control." Nature Communications 4(1373)

Berman, M.G., Askren, M.K., Jung, M.S., Therrien, B., Peltier, S., Noll, D.C., Zhang, M., Ossher, L., Hayes, D.F., Reuter-Lorenz, P.A., & Cimprich, B. (2013). "Pretreatment Worry and Neurocognitive Responses in Women with Breast Cancer." Health Psychology(available online)

Kross, E., Berman, M.G., Mischel, W., Smith, E.E., & Wager, T.D. (2011) "Social Rejection Shares Somatosensory Representations with Physical Pain"Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 108(15), 6270-6275

Berman, M.G., Peltier, S., Nee, D.E., Kross, E., Deldin, P.J., & Jonides, J. (2011). "Depression, Rumination and the Default Network." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 6(5): 548-555

Casey, B.J., Somerville, L.H., Gotlib, I.H., Ayduk, O., Franklin, N.T., Askren, M.K., Jonides, J., Berman, M.G., Wilson, N.L., Teslovich, T., Glover, G., Zayas, V., Mischel, W. & Shoda, Y. (2011). "Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later."Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 108(36): 14998-15003

Berman, M.G., Nee, D.E., Casement, M., Kim, H.S., Deldin, P.J., Kross, E., Gonzalez, R., Demiralp, E., Gotlib, I.H., Hamilton, P., Joormann, J., Waugh, C., & Jonides, J. (2011). "Neural and Behavioral Effects of Interference Resolution in Depression" Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience 11(1), 85-96

Restorative Effects of Natural Environments

Berman, M.G., Kross, E., Krpan, K.M., Askren, M.K., Burson, A., Kaplan, S., Deldin, P.J., Sherdell, L, Gotlib, I.H., & Jonides, J. (2012) "Interacting with Nature Improves Cognition and Affect in Depressed Individuals." Journal of Affective Disorders 140(3): 300-305

Kaplan, S., & Berman, M.G. (2010). "Directed Attention as a Common Resource for Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation." Perspectives in Psychological Science5(1): 43-57

Berman, M.G., Jonides, J., & Kaplan, S. (2008). "The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting with Nature."Psychological Science 19(12):1207-1212

fMRI Methods

Yourganov, G., Schmah, T., Churchill, N.W., Berman, M.G., Grady, C.L., Strother, S.C. (2014). "Pattern classification of fMRI data: Applications for analysis of spatially distributed cortical networks." NeuroImage, 96, 117-132

Berman, M.G., Park, J., Gonzalez, R., Polk, T.A., Gehrke, A., Knaffla, K., & Jonides, J. (2010). "Evaluating Functional Localizers: The Case of the FFA." NeuroImage 50:56-71