Deborah Marciano

Deborah is currently a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley working under the co-supervision of Prof. Ming Hsu and Prof. Robert Knight. Her research lies at the intersection between decision-making and cognitive neuroscience. She aims to characterize the neural and cognitive mechanisms involved in choice and outcome evaluation. In her postdoc, she uses a combination of iEEG, EEG and computational modeling to investigate how Near Misses (“I almost won the jackpot on that slot machine!”) modulate motivation, happiness and feelings of luck. She also works on the neural correlates of social decision-making, and investigates how beliefs about luck influence decision-making..
Deborah received her B.A in Economics and Law from La Sorbonne (France), and her B.Sc. in Psychobiology, Master and PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Shlomo Bentin (z”l), Prof. Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde and Prof. Leon Deouell.  During her PhD, she studied the effect of the outcome of the unchosen option on expectations, outcome evaluation and future decisions, using paradigms from behavioral economics and EEG.
She is the recipient of the Fulbright, Rothschild and ISF fellowships for postdoctoral studies.
Leon Deouell

“Working memory”