Omid Kardan, Ph.D.

T-32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Omid Kardan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Addiction Center in the Department of Psychiatry. His research focuses on the relationship between physical environmental factors, functional brain architecture, and cognitive and psychiatric outcomes. He is interested in modeling these relations across lifespan, especially during childhood and adolescence, to inform environmental design, intervention, and equity.

Research Areas of Interest

• Neurocognitive development in children and adolescents
• Environmental Neuroscience
• Brain models of attention, memory, and cognitive performance across lifespan
• Physical environmental determinants of healthy development


  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Cognition, Attention & Brain Lab, The University of Chicago, Department of Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Integrative Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Department of Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering-Bioelectric, University of Tehran, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tehran, Iran

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Kardan, O., Sereeyothin, C., Schertz, K. E., Angstadt, M., Weigard, A., Berman, M. G., Heitzeg, M. M., & Rosenberg, M. D. (2023). Neighborhood air pollution is negatively associated with neurocognitive maturation in early adolescence. bioRxiv, 2023-04.


Kardan, O.,Stier, A. J., Layden, E., Choe, K. W., Lyu, M., Zhang, X., Beilock, S. L., ... & Berman, M. G.(2023). Improvements in task performance after practice are associated with scale-free dynamics of brain activity.Network Neuroscience


Kardan, O., Stier, A. J., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Schertz, K. E., Pruin, J. C., Deng, Y., ... & Rosenberg, M. D. (2022). Differences in the functional brain architecture of sustained attention and working memory in youth and adults. Plos Biology, 20(12), e3001938.


Kardan, O., Kaplan, S., Wheelock, M. D., Feczko, E., Day, T. K., Miranda-Domínguez, Ó., ... & Rosenberg, M. D. (2022). Resting-state functional connectivity identifies individuals and predicts age in 8-to-26-month-olds. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience56, 101123.


Kardan, O., Adam, K. S., Mance, I., Churchill, N. W., Vogel, E. K., & Berman, M. G. (2020). Distinguishing cognitive effort and working memory load using scale-invariance and alpha suppression in EEG. NeuroImage, 116622.


Kardan, O., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., Peltier, S., Churchill, N. W., Misic, B., Askren, M. K., Jung, M. S., Cimprich, B., & Berman, M. G. (2019). Brain connectivity tracks effects of chemotherapy separately from behavioral measures. NeuroImage: Clinical21, 101654.


Berman, M. G., Kardan, O., Kotabe, H. P., Nusbaum, H. C., & London, S. E. (2019). The promise of environmental neuroscience. Nature Human Behaviour, 1.


Coburn, A., Kardan, O., Kotabe, H. P., Steinberg, J., Hout, M. C., Robbins, A., MacDonald, J., Hayn-Leichsenring, G., & Berman, M. G. (2019). Psychological responses to natural patterns in architecture. Journal of Environmental Psychology62, 133-145.


Kardan, O., Shneidman, L., Krogh-Jespersen, S., Gaskins, S., Berman, M. G., & Woodward, A. (2017). Cultural and developmental influences on overt visual attention to videos. Scientific Reports7.


Kardan, O., Henderson, J. M., Yourganov, G., & Berman, M. G. (2016). Observers’ cognitive states modulate how visual inputs relate to gaze control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance42(9), 1429.


Kardan, O., Berman, M. G., Yourganov, G., Schmidt, J., Henderson, J. M. (2015). Classifying mental states from eye movements during scene viewing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Vol 41(6), 1502-1514.


Kardan, O., Gozdyra, P., Misic, B., Moola, F., Palmer, L. J., Paus, T., & Berman, M. G. (2015). Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center. Scientific reports, 5.


Kardan, O., Demiralp, E., Hout, M. C., Hunter, M. R., Karimi, H., Hanayik, T., Yourganov, G., Jonides, J., & Berman, M. G. (2015). Is the preference of natural versus man-made scenes driven by bottom–up processing of the visual features of nature? Frontiers in psychology, 6.