Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology; Executive Committee, Masters in Computational Social Science Program (On Leave 2019-20)

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Marc Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Executive Committee for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program. He 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 his lab they utilize brain imaging, behavioral experimentation, computational neuroscience and statistical models to quantify the person, the environment and their interactions. Marc received his BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan and his PhD 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.


  • 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)