Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging


Michael Bernstein is an experimental psychologist. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  His recent and current work primarily focuses on understanding and harnessing the placebo effect to improve treatment outcomes. Dr. Bernstein's NIDA K-01 award will examine whether the long-established analgesic (pain relieving) properties of placebos can be used to minimze opioid use among acute pain patients. Put differently, he investigates placebos not as an experimental control, but as a potentially effective yet highly unusual form of treatment in itself. His research draws on the surprising finding that placebos are effective even when not given deceptively.

Dr. Bernstein also holds a secondary appointment at Brown Alpert Medical School's Department of Diagnostic Imagining. He is involved in research on Artificial Intelligence and serves as Co-Director of the Brown Radiology Human Factors Lab.

For an updated publication list, please visit Michael Bernstein's google scholar page here.

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