Author Archives: Elliot Berkman

About Elliot Berkman

Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon Director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab Associate Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience

Read Dr. Berkman’s New Take on Healthy Choice

Healthy choices are neither good or bad; only thinking makes them so Healthy choices are more complicated than a devil-angel contest suggests. Serggod/Shutterstock.com Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon Doing healthy things can feel like a battle between the angel on … Continue reading

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We are hiring!

The SAN Lab is pleased to announce that we’re hiring a full-time project coordinator to work on a new longitudinal fMRI study of eating behavior change! Applications are due at the end of August, and the start date is in … Continue reading

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Applied lessons from the neuroscience of goals and behavior change

Our latest paper, in Consulting Psychology Journal, summarizes some practical lessons about goals, behavior change, and self-regulation that we’ve learned from neuroscience research. Read more below! Abstract The ways that people set, pursue, and eventually succeed or fail in accomplishing their … Continue reading

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How can behavioral economics inform behavior change?

Our latest paper asks how behavioral economics – and its catalogue of “anomalies” – can inform the study of health behavior and behavior change. Objective: Traditional models of health behaviour focus on the roles of cognitive, personality and social-cognitive constructs (e.g. executive … Continue reading

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Is self-control just choice?

Our new paper at Current Directions in Psychological Science asks whether self-control is “special,” or whether it is just like any other choice. We present a model for understanding and modeling self-control as value-based choice, and discuss the advantages that emerge from this approach. The … Continue reading

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DeStasio wins prestigious NSF award!

Congratulations to Krista DeStasio on earning a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award! The GRFP is awarded to highly promising doctoral candidates in many scientific fields, and fully funds three years of graduate school. Congrats, Krista, on this … Continue reading

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Effects of stress on inhibitory control

Check out our new paper, led by grad student Leslie Roos, on the effects of acute stress on inhibitory control performance! The abstract is below: Identifying environmental influences on inhibitory control (IC) may help promote positive behavioral and social adjustment. … Continue reading

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Berkman Wins Early Career Award in Health Psychology

We have some great news! Professor Elliot Berkman received the 2017 Early Career Award from the Social Personality & Health Network for his work integrating social and personality psychology and health behavior research. Congrats, Dr. Berkman! The award was announced at the … Continue reading

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Text messaging to help smokers quit: Does personalization matter?

This is a guest post by Krista DeStasio about her recent paper, published in the Journal of Smoking Cessation. Changing habits and behaviors is hard. We can all think of a time that we set a goal – cutting down on … Continue reading

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Calcott wins APA award!

Good news! Graduate student Rebecca Calcott has been awarded a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association to support her project, “Cognitive Control: A Bridge Between Neurotransmitters and Real-World Behavior.” Congratulations, Rebecca!

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