His research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology. Working with patients undergoing brain-surgery he studies 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.
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.
He participates regularly in story-telling competitions and shows, and is a multiple-times Moth Grand-Slam champion.
Most importantly, he is right handed.