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Marc Berman

Post-doctoral researcher, Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute

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.