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Moran Cerf

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Leading neuroscientist and expert on human psychology

Assistant Professor for Neuroscience and Business, Kellogg School of Management

Ex-hacker and cyber security expert

Dr. Moran Cerf is an Assistant Professor for Neuroscience and Business at the Kellogg School of Management and the Neuroscience programme at Northwestern University. Additionally, he holds a position at the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, where he studies patients undergoing brain-surgery to examine behaviour, emotion, decision-making, and dreams.

Moran’s research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology. His set of studies include examining the conscious control of single neurons in humans, the ability to affect altered states of consciousness as dreams or sleep, and – in collaboration with Ralph Adolphs at Caltech – the ability of humans to regulate high-level emotions.

Recently, Moran has focused on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions.

He holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation journals such as Nature, as well as Scientific American Mind and other leading neuroscience journals. Moran has also received several awards and NIH grants for his research, including the Instructional improvement grant.

Additionally, Moran is the Alfred P. Sloan professor at the American Film Institute (AFI), where he teaches an annual screen-writing class on science in films.

Our Comment

"Moran’s pioneering research has greatly advanced our understanding of human psychology and is opening up dazzling possibilities. For example, Moran predicts that soon we will be able to control robotic limbs via computers connected to particular brain cells. Prior to his career in neuroscience, Moran applied his extraordinary problem-solving skills to work as one of the world’s top hackers in the Israeli military and various security companies, breaking into banks and financial institutions to make a living."

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