Professor Moshe Bar, Director of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Israel

Professor Moshe Bar directs the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University. After spending 13 years as a professor at Harvard University, Professor Bar returned to Israel to direct this young and vibrant Center. Prof. Bar’s laboratory studies memory, visual perception, attention and mood disorders, such as depression.  Professor Bar and his team discovered that the human brain is engaged in thinking about the future surprisingly frequently, and in doing so it relies heavily on memory.  He examines how mental simulations (such as planning and mind-wandering) influence foresight and facilitate our daily interaction with the environment.  While the majority of this research is conducted in Israel, it enjoys collaborations with several countries, including the US, Germany and UK.