Marc Berman
Marc Berman received his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience and industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan. During graduate school, Marc was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto where he examines the brain mechanisms involved in controlling thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and how to improve those abilities. Marc has authored or co-authored over 26 publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited book chapters on these topics. His work has also been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker Magazine, and the Boston Globe as well as other media and news outlets. His research in Attention Restoration Theory was cited in the New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist book by Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains. Berman’s groundbreaking research has shown that spending time with nature -- for example, going for a walk in the park -- refreshes our brain, improving attention and memory performance.

Entries by Marc Berman

Berman on the Brain: This is Your Brain on Art

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:57 PM

In this tough economic climate, arts programs in schools, including language and music classes, are viewed as extracurricular and often the first to be cut, while core programs of math and science are protected. The potential economic benefit of trained mathematicians and scientists may be obvious to policy makers, and...

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A Walk a Day Keeps the Depression at Bay

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 8:46 AM

Can interacting with nature be therapeutic for individuals with major depressive disorder? In a recent study published in The Journal of Affective Disorders, my collaborators and I found that individuals who were diagnosed with major depressive disorder gained some therapeutic benefits after taking a 50-minute walk in nature...

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Berman on the Brain: The Environment Made Me Do it

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 11:29 AM

We like to think that we are in complete conscious control of our behaviour, but as it turns out we may be kidding ourselves. Case in point: many of us think that advertising has no bearing on our behaviour until we find ourselves woofing down a fast-food chain hamburger that...

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Berman on the Brain: How to Boost Your Focus

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 3:51 PM

In our modern lives, we are constantly bombarded with information and demands on our attention. Between cell phones, email, the Internet and social networking, there is hardly a moment left for self-reflection and uninterrupted relaxation.

While all of these technologies bring many new and exciting possibilities, they also bring...

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