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Uri Maoz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Chapman University



Visiting Researcher in Neuroscience
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Pasadena, CA 91125

EMail: maoz<at>chapman<dot>edu, and

Keywords: Volition, Decision Making, Voluntary Action, Computational Neuroscience, Memory, Multivariate Prediction Models, Neural Circuit Models, Motor Control, Moral Decision-Making, Neural Networks, Perception and Action, Social Implications of Neuroscience, Neuroethics, Neurolaw, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility


April 2018

March 2018

Michael Robinson (Philosophy) and I were awarded the 2018-2019 Co-Teaching prize for our course “Philosophy and Neurosciences of Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” coming fall 2018 (PHIL 329-01/PSY 495-01).

October 2017

I will be taking part in a conference on brain science, mindfulness, and gratitude at Chapman on Monday, October 23. My presentation is titled "Are our intentions effective? The neuroscience of free will and moral responsibility"

June 2017

I accepted an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and at the newly minted Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. I will be moving there in September, 2017.

June 2017

Hans Liljenstrom and I are organizing a conference on free will for neuroscientists, philosophers, law scholars, sociologists, and other scholars, June 24-28 in Sigtuna, Sweden.

May 2017

I will be giving a talk titled "The Neural Underpinnings of Decision-Making and Free Will" at the Quale at UCLA conference tonight (May 31). The event starts at 6:15pm at Kerckhoff Grand Salon.

December 2016

A pre-print of our work on the neural correlates of arbitrary and deliberate decisions and voluntary action can now be found on bioRxiv here

November 2016

Our work is part of a recently released documentary titled “Big Questions in Free Will”. It is available on the YouTube channel Closer to Truth.

I will be giving a talk titled "Free will? On the role of consciousness in decision-making, with an aside on undergrad research" at the Cognitive Science Student Association of UCLA on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm in
Franz Hall A279.

January 2016
I will be giving a talk titled "Neuroscience and free will -- the old and the new" at the Cognitive Science Student Association of UCLA on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Franz Tower 5461.

November 2015
Guy Ziv has recently written this book, which lies at the intersection of International Relations and the Neuroscience of Decision Making. He will be presenting it at UCLA on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30pm at 6275 Bunche Hall (see details here). I have been asked to discuss the book with him after his talk and answer questions from the audience.

August 2015
I am seeking undergraduate research assistants who are interested in questions in the interface of decision-making, free will and consciousness. Solid programming experience is a big plus.

March 2015
I was elected as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA

November 2014
I was awarded the Bial Fellowship (48,500 Euros) for 2015 for my application "Are free will and moral responsibility real or illusory? On the causal role of consciousness in decision-making, a combined EEG and intracranial study"

November 2014
I have accepted an offer from UCLA to join their multi-lab effort to develop a brain prosthesis to help brain-injured patients improve learning and memory. I will therefore become an assistant researcher and a lecturer at UCLA, starting 2015, working in the lab of Dr. Itzhak Fried.

September 2014
I will be chairing the nano-symposium on Human Decision-Making: Neural Mechanisms at SfN 2014, and presenting our work there too

What: Nano-symposium on Human Decision-Making: Neural Mechanisms, Session 587

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC: Room 150A

When: Nano-symposeum, Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1-5pm                  

I will present our abstract, Predicting actions in speeded reaction-time and delayed-action tasks, an intracortical human study, at 3-3:15pm

August 2014
Our paper -- Mudrik L and Maoz U. “Me & my brain": Exposing neuroscience’s closet dualism in studies of consciousness and free will -- has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience