We predict mental states using eye movements.
The relationship between greenspace and health
Brain networks, self-control and depression
The Environmental Neuroscience Lab at the University of Chicago
is interested in how the physical environment affects the brain and behavior. Some of the findings from the ENL include showing that brief interactions with natural environments (such as a walk in a park) can improve memory and attention by 20%. In addition, we have shown that more efficient brain networks are linked to enhanced self-control throughout the lifespan and have examined global brain network connectivity as it relates to depression and breast cancer. We are continuing to advance this work by uncovering the physical low-level features of nature (such as color and spatial properties) that lead to these improvements as well as other manipulations that may make the brain more efficient and also alter functional connectivity patterns as they relate to diseased states. With a better understanding and quantification of the relationships between the brain and the environment, we hope that our research will influence the designing of physical environments in ways that will optimize human mental health, physical health, and overall well-being.
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The principal investigator at ENL, Dr. Marc Berman has been recognized with the 2018 APS Janet Taylor Spence Awards for Transformative Early Career Contributions. "The award, named for APS’s first elected president, honors the most creative and promising researchers...
The Guardian recently interviewed Professor Berman on the critiques of Melania Trump's White House holiday decorations, the red Christmas trees. He indicated that although the "low-level fractal structure in things" is still in the trees, "the color is completely...
Professor Berman and Ph.D. student Kate Schertz win first place and grand prize in UChicago’s App Challenge with their app, ReTUNE, which will create more restorative pedestrian experiences
In the summer of 2017, Professor Marc Berman and then-incoming Ph.D. student Kate Schertz were among the 4 of 66 UChicago App Challenge submission groups to be awarded 100 programming hours from developers in UChicago's IT Services. Since then, they worked to develop...