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Dr. Uri Maoz

Assistant Professor, Member of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences
Fowler School of Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 14725 Alton, Suite 212
Office Hours: Spring 2020: 7:00 – 8:00 pm at 561 N Glassell
Office Location: 561 N. Glassell
Phone: (714) 516-5900
Scholarly Works:
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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bachelor of Science
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ph.D.


You experience it to be within your power to stop reading this paragraph. Apparently, you freely decided to continue. Perhaps you are curious how it will unfold. But you strongly sense that you could have done otherwise; you could have stopped reading (and you still can). However, from what we know about the laws of nature, it is not clear how the brain could control a neural process that would result in different outcomes when starting from the same brain state. It is also unclear how your interest in the contents of this paragraph led to the neural process that culminated in you reading it.

Dr. Uri Maoz, who joined Chapman University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience at Crean College and at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences, investigates these and similar topics. His research lies at the intersection of volition, decision-making, and moral choice. He uses a combination of empirical techniques (e.g., EEG, intracranial recordings, behavioral studies) and theoretical modeling to develop a computational account of volition, with an emphasis on the decision-making processes that lead to voluntary action and on the role of consciousness in such processes. In particular, he uses machine-learning to carry out online, real-time, closed-loop analysis of neural data, as it is recorded. He is further interested in the legal, ethical, conceptual, and economic implications of this work.

Dr. Maoz earned a B.Sc. in computer science and general humanistic studies and a Ph.D. in neural computation from the Hebrew University. As part of his graduate studies he was a visiting student in the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Collège de France. He was then a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech and at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Later, he was a researcher at the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA and then faculty at the Department of Psychology there. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Anesthesiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He is also a Visiting Associate in Biology and Bioengineering at Caltech.

Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Maoz U and Linstead E. (2019) Brain imaging and artificial intelligence, in Raz A. and Thibault R., (Eds). The Dark Side of Brain Imaging. Elsevier Press.
Maoz U, Sita K, Van Boxtel J and Mudrik L. (2019) Does it matter whether you or your brain did it? An empirical investigation of the influence of the double subject fallacy on moral responsibility judgments. Frontiers Psychology.
Oh J*, Yun K*, Maoz U, Kim T, Chae J. (2019) Identifying Depression in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data using a Deep Learning Algorithm. Journal of Affective Disorders (257).
Mudrik, L, Levy, JD, Gavenas, J, Maoz, U. (2019) Studying volition with actions that matter: combining the fields of neuroeconomics and the neuroscience of volition, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice
Hill B, Brown B, Gabel E, Rakocz N, Lee C, Cannesson M,Baldi P, Loohuis L, Johnson R, Jew B, Maoz U, Mahajan A, Sankararaman S, Hofer I, Halperin E. (2019) Preoperative predictions of in-hospital mortality using electronic medical record data. British Journal of Anaesthesia.
Titiz AS, Hill MRH, Eliashiv D, Tchemodanov N, Maoz U, Stern J, Tran M, Mankin E, Behnke E, Suthana, NA, Fried I. (2017) Theta-Burst Microstimulation in the Human Entorhinal Area Improves Memory. eLife