News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Psychiatric Genetics Hold Great Promise

by Joan Arehart-Treichel

Psychiatric News | March 20, 2014

While clinical applications of genetic findings relevant to psychiatric disorders are still in their infancy, the field abounds with possibilities.

Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Oxford University Press | March 1, 2014

Read the first issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, “the first fully Open Access peer-reviewed legal journal focused on the advances at the intersection of law and the biosciences.” The journal is a co-venture between Duke University, Harvard University Law School, and Stanford University, and is published by Oxford University Press.

Big Data Meets Brain Science: The New Frontier

National Core for Neuroethics | February 24, 2014

On Wednesday March 12, there will be a panel discussion on how information about our brains is being stored and used today. The event takes place from 6:30-8:30pm at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, and is part of the Brain Matters! Vancouver International Conference. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Neuroessentialism: The 'Dark Side' of Focus on Brain Plasticity?

by Dirk Hanson

The Dana Foundation | January 23, 2014

Have we tipped too far in considering addiction a disease of only the brain, with no reference to the outside world? Some addiction researchers say yes.

Beyond BRAIN: Bioethics Commission to Look Broadly at Ethical Issues in Neuroscience

by Bethany Brookshire

The Blog of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues | December 18, 2013

In its review of ethical issues in neuroscience, the Bioethics Commission will "'consider how best to integrate ethics into neuroscience broadly–and the BRAIN Initiative specifically– but this Bioethics Commission will not be the ultimate locus of that integration.'"

Let's Talk About the Gender Differences That Really Matter – in Mental Health

by Daniel Freeman

The Guardian | December 13, 2013

Supposed differences between the brains of men and women are uncritically reported, while a very real disparity is ignored.

Beyond Sentencing: How Neuroscience Has Already Changed the Legal System

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | December 12, 2013

Defendants are “blaming the brain” not only to mitigate sentences after conviction, but in their defense, of crimes from homicide to fraud. At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Nita Farahany described the types of cases where neuro-evidence is already being used.

It’s Complicated: Molly Crocket and Patricia Churchland Discuss the Future of the Neuroscience of Morality

by Julie Haas

NeuroeEthics Women Leaders | December 12, 2013

A recap of the Science and Ethics of Moral Enhancement panel at November’s International Neuroethics Society meeting in San Diego.

See also

Stop selling those DNA tests, FDA tells 23andMe

by Maggie Fox

NBC News | November 25, 2013

The FDA orders gene-testing company 23andMe to stop illegally selling its tests to diagnose disease.

Neuroethics: Consciousness, End of Life Decisions

by Andrew Kahn

Dana Foundation Blog | November 12, 2013

Panelists at an International Neuroethics Society event tackled complex and difficult questions about treating patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state.

See also

The Science and Ethics of Moral Enhancement

by Ann Whitman

Dana Foundation Blog | November 10, 2013

Panelists at the International Neuroethics Society meeting weighed in on the questions: Can we create a morality pill? And if we can, should we?

See also

Can Video Games Improve Brain Function?

by Andrew Kahn

Dana Foundation Blog | November 8, 2013

Neurogaming was the topic at the International Neuroethics Society public program.

Page: 1 of 13