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New Article on Teen Risk Taking

Several folks from our group led by doctoral candidate Jessica Flannery have a new piece on teen risk taking over at The Conversation, “Teens aren’t just risk machines – there’s a method to their madness”. You know the conventional wisdom: Adolescents … Continue reading

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Bill Walton Visits SAN Lab

Former UCLA Bruin and Portland Blazer basketball star Bill Walton stopped by the lab for a quick scan of his brain for a segment on his ESPN show, Walton’s World. See below for some pics!

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Quack Chat on New Year’s Resolutions by Dr. Berkman

Come hear Professor Berkman talk about evidence-based tips to help keep your New Year’s resolutions. He’ll present a #QuackChat at the Ax Billy Grill in the Downtown Athletic Club on Wednesday, December 13th, at 6pm. http://around.uoregon.edu/content/neuroscientist-will-reveal-secret-making-resolutions-stick

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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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