Dr. Ileana Berman

Throughout her 30+ year career in Cognitive Science, Ileana Berman’s work has largely focused on drawing connections between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Schizophrenia. Her work has earned her great recognition, including the Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Ileana Berman is a Romanian-born Cognitive Science Researcher.  She currently conducts research in the northeastern United States, in collaboration with Brockton VA.  Her findings have earned her the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression (NARSAD).  Throughout her career, Berman’s research has focused primarily on drawing connections between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Schizophrenia.  Specifically, her work and findings suggest that there are numerous connections between the two cognitive disorders. Through different trials and investigations, Dr. Berman hopes to establish a subtype of Schizophrenia that entails Obsessive Compulsive symptoms.  By establishing said subtype, she believes that patients suffering from such a condition will have better opportunities for cognitive care

Publications

In collaboration with her colleagues, Dr. Berman has contributed to various publications regarding her research in cognitive science.  Educationally relevant publications include:

  • Treating Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in Schizophrenia (1989)
  • Sertraline:  A New Serotonergic Antidepressant (1992)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in Schizophrenia:  Are They Manifestations of a Distinct Subclass of Schizophrenia? (1997)
  • Cognitive Effects of Psychopharmacological Agents in Schizophrenia (1999)
  • Cognitive Effect of Risperidone and Haloperidol in Elderly Schizophrenic Patients (1995)
  • Obsessions and Compulsions in Schizophrenia (1990)

Current Research Activities

Ginkgo Biloba Plant
Ginkgo Biloba Plant

Currently, Dr. Berman is conducting NARSAD-sponsored research on the use of Ginkgo Biloba Extract (GBE) and Naltrexone in Schizophrenic patients.  Dr. Berman’s findings are in the data analysis stage. She looks forward to preparing manuscripts for publication so that she can go public with her findings and results.  Ultimately, Berman hopes to establish a subtype of Schizophrenia that takes into account various Obsessive Compulsive symptoms experienced by patients. She also hopes to contribute to discussion on new and improved medications for these individuals.

Overlapping Symptoms

Obsessive Compulsive Schizophrenia Subtype

Over the course of her career in Cognitive Science Research, Ileana Berman has heightened her focus on two particular conditions:  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Schizophrenia.  The plethora of peer-reviewed publications she has contributed to demonstrate her decades of research on these two unique cognitive conditions.  But, as Berman’s deep diving research aims to suggest, the two aren’t so unique afterall.  At least, not always — and not in contrast to each other.

According to her own research, Dr. Ileana Berman has formulated a hypothesis on the direct connection between OCD and Schizophrenia.  This research, presently, is largely symptom based.  In the future, Berman hopes to magnify that focus tenfold.  Through direct observation and focused research studies, she has already established convincing connections between the conditions.  With more focused attention to the connection, there’s much to be explored by Berman and her fellow cognitive science researchers. 

The overall purpose of this research is to ultimately establish a unique subtype of schizophrenia wherein the individual experiences a high volume of symptoms most commonly faced by those with OCD. Dr. Berman believes that heightened understanding in such an area could lead to truly revolutionary advancements in the way patients are treated for their cognitive conditions.

 

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Kindness Explained by Ileana Berman 

What is cognitive kindness? Is it an approach we adopt over time — or is it an intrinsic part of being human? Longtime cognitive science researcher, Ileana Berman explains: Cognitive kindness is both internal and external.  But in Ileana Berman’s perception, the practice arguably starts…

Cognitive Science, Health

How to Stay Focused 

Especially in the times of the pandemic, staying on task can be tricky. Dr. Ileana Berman offers up some cognitive science research-backed tips on how to stay focused: Work on Projects in a Designated Area Making space for your work is imperative!  When you have…

Cognitive Science

Early Signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Obsessions 

Dr. Ileana Berman’s professional work has largely revolved around studying and researching cognitive science conditions, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here, she shares early warning signs of OCD, particularly in children and young adults: OCD is marked primarily by obsessions and intrusive thoughts.  Because…

Health, Stress

Cognitive Research Study in Need of Participants 

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder is conducting a study on wellness and stress coping in a collegiate setting and educational environment. Dr. Ileana Berman discusses how CU Boulder students can participate: Everyone deals with stress differently,…

Cognitive Science, Health

Parkinson’s disease, eye test & cognitive decline 

As stated in Dr. Ileana Berman’s last blog post, researchers have uncovered clues to cognitive decline — in the eyes. Now, cognitive scientists are focusing more specifically on Parkinson’s-linked cognitive decline with the help of an eye test. Does Parkinson’s disease cause cognitive decline?  According…

Cognitive Science, Health

Cognitive clues in the eyes 

According to a study recently published by Joslin Diabetes Center, the eyes may be an early indicator of cognitive decline. Dr. Ileana Berman, Cognitive Science Researcher, discusses the subject: It is widely believed that individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop cognitive disorders than…

Cognitive Science, Health

Wine and cheese, please! 

They’ve said before ‘you are what you eat!’ But what if Dr. Ileana Berman told you that altering your diet could reduce future cognitive decline? According to a study conducted by Iowa State University and published in the November 2020 Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, this…

Cognitive Science, Stress

Read This Before You Cram For That Exam! 

Students know that cramming for an exam isn’t the most effective way to learn. But, a vicious cycle of procrastination intertwined with obligations outside of school often leads to cramming — even though we know it’s not effective, longterm! Dr. Ileana Berman discusses the concept:…

Cognitive Science, Health

LGB Community at Greater Risk of Dementia 

According to a cognitive research study recently released by Michigan State, members of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community are more likely to develop dementia in old age. Dr. Ileana Berman discusses the correlation: Although society has come a very long way, lesbian, gay and…

Cognitive Science, Health

What’s in a Word? (More Than You Might Think…) 

Cognitive meets computer in a scientific merger that’s reshaping how cognitive science researchers approach Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed by IBM and Pfizer, researchers may be able to detect crucial warning signs of the neurological disorder — earlier.  To say the realm…

Cognitive Science

You Are What You Eat — and Drink, too! 

According to a study recently released by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a mother’s choice of beverage may affect her child’s cognitive function in a critical way. Dr. Ileana Berman discusses this recently published cognitive science research: Well, you know what they say:  you are what…