News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Integrating Neuroethics and the Law will be Invaluable as Brain Surrogates Develop

by Nita Farahany

International Neuroethics Society | September 12, 2018

"New models using human brain tissue are being developed that are creating better proxies—or representations—of the human brain, that could help us better understand, diagnose, and ultimate treat neurological disorders in humans," Farahany says "But paradoxically, the better the proxies that will be developed, the more challenging the ethical issues become."

The Ethics of Consciousness-Hunting

by Mackenzie Graham

Nautilous | September 6, 2018

With fMRI, we have built a tool to reach patients who we thought had been lost forever. We’ve given them a voice; now we have to listen, the author argues.

What is 'Well'?

by Moheb Costandi | August 28, 2018

What do we mean by "well"? A change in a biomarker? A better test score? A person happily back at work and play? Are we using the right standards when judging whether a psychiatric intervention, such as deep brain stimulation, is working, asked neurologist Helen Mayberg during the EDAB Special Lecture on Neuroethics during the recent hashtag#FENS18 Forum.

Smart AI

by Jonathan Moreno

The Neuroethics Blog | August 28, 2018

Iincremental advances in AI should give us more pause than doomsday scenarios of super-intelligent machines, says Penn prof Jonathan Moreno. We don't need to build Skynet to change the world.

How Can We Tell If a Comatose Patient Is Conscious?

by Anouk Bercht

Scientific American | August 23, 2018

Doctors from all over Europe send their apparently unconscious patients to Steven Laureys—a clinician and researcher at the University of Lige—for comprehensive testing. To provide proper care, physicians and family members need to know whether patients have some degree of awareness. At the same time, these patients add to Laureys’ understanding.

A Dangerous Brain?

by Andrew R. Calderon

Marshall Project | August 14, 2018

Can neuroscience predict how likely someone is to commit another crime?

Is the concept of “will” useful in explaining addictive behaviour?

by Claudia Barned and Eric Racine

Neuroethics Blog | August 7, 2018

In ethics theory and practice, the capacity to act freely and choose alternative courses of action is of chief importance for moral responsibility. Beyond free will and will power, scientists use many other concepts are used to explain the failure of volition in addiction.

Did a blockbuster drug make hundreds gamble compulsively?

by Megan Thielking

Stat | August 2, 2018

A legal fight may decide what science can’t confirm.

Smartphones Offer an Unprecedented Opportunity to Gather Data for Mental Healthcare, But We Must Confront the Ethical Dilemmas

International Neuroethics Society | August 2, 2018

Q&A with Tom Insel, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. He was Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 to 2015 and he joined the INS Board of Directors in 2017. Preview of his talk at the INS annual meeting.

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

by Benedict Carey

New York Times | July 16, 2018

Many famous studies of human behavior cannot be reproduced. Even so, they revealed aspects of our inner lives that feel true.

The Cognition Crisis

by Adam Gazzaley

Medium | July 9, 2018

Anxiety. Depression. ADHD. Dementia. The human brain is in trouble. Technology is a cause — and a solution, argues physician and neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, director of Neuroscape.

The Neuroscientific Case for Facing Your Fears

by Ed Yong

The Atlantic | June 14, 2018

A new study shows that mice have to remember their phobias if they are to lose them effectively.

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