MORAN CERF
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Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience (department of neurosurgery, LIJ) and business (Kellogg School of Management). He holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from Caltech, an MA in Philosophy and a B.Sc in Physics from Tel-Aviv University. His research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology. He works with patients undergoing brain-surgery to study behavior, emotion, decision making and dreams, by directly recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in their brain. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cerf had short-lived careers as a hacker, furniture-designer, a pilot, a radio host, and a filmmaker. He holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation journals such as Nature and Science, as well as Scientific American Mind and leading neuroscience journals. Dr. Cerf’s work has been featured in numerous media and cultural outlets such as CNN, Wired, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time, MSNBC, Slate.Com, Gizmodo, New Scientist and dozens of others, and he has been featured in venues such as the Venice Art Biennial and China’s AST. Dr. Cerf has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at TED, PopTech, Google Zeitgeist, DLD and more. He participates regularly in story-telling competitions and shows, and is a multiple-times Moth Grand-Slam champion. Additionally, Dr. Cerf is the Alfred P. Sloan professor at the American Film Institute (AFI), where he teaches an annual screenwriting class on science in films. Most importantly, he is right handed.
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