Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues | August 30, 2016
A one-page guide for non-scientists to judge what is true and what is hype in news reports on neuroscience. (PDF)
by Adina Roskies
The Neuroethics Blog | August 23, 2016
Are the concepts we use to investigate cognition and refer to its constructs and processes the “right” ones, the ones we ought to use? Panelists at two recent workshops focused on such “cognitive ontology.”
by Peter Leistikow
The Neuroethics Blog | August 9, 2016
Because transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) can be used on a developing brain, there exists an opportunity to permanently change the structural organization of a child’s brain. Unfortunately, the promise of early treatment is tempered by the possibility of irreparable damage to the child’s brain.
by Jenni Ogden Ph.D.
Psychology Today | August 9, 2016
By reading both Suzanne Corkin's biography of Henry Molaison, "Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of Amnesic Patient, H.M." and Luke Dittrich's "Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets" you will learn much about the history of science, scientific and medical ethics, memory, and most of all human nature, that legacy we are all saddled with.
by Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus
STAT | August 4, 2016
Americans seem to favor prison sentences and other stiff penalties for scientists who falsify their data.
by Amy Julia Becker
Vox.com | August 3, 2016
Personal essay: New research on the brains of people with Down syndrome is raising the possibility of treatment for some of its cognitive effects. The question becomes: As a parent, should I pursue treatments for my daughter, or do I embrace her just as she is?
by Moheb Costandi
Dana Foundation | July 19, 2016
In his neuroethics lecture at the recent FENS forum, Steven Hyman described how what scientists have learned about conditions like schizophrenia and addiction suggests that they may strip a person’s agency, or “free will.” But data so far don’t yet reach the bar that law demands.
by Ryan Purcell
The Neuroethics Blog | June 21, 2016
The Zika virus has captured headlines since late 2015, when word spread that a virus, new to the Americas, may be silently causing alarming neurodevelopmental disorders in newborns. As public health officials continue to work to lessen the impact of this "Global Health Emergency," there are several important ethical issues that must be considered.
International Neuroethics Society | June 15, 2016
The deadline for Essay Contest submissions to the 2016 INS Annual Meeting has been extended to June 30 due to overwhelming responses. All post-secondary students enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level during the 2015–17 academic years—as well as postdocs and residents—are eligible to participate.
by James Giordano
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | May 31, 2016
While lauding the benefits of neurorobotics for patients, James Giordano urges the need for more discussion on its potential uses in warfare and other nefarious purposes.
by Jon Fingas
Engadget | May 4, 2016
The trial is a long shot, but it raises the hope of reviving people once thought lost.
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by Joel Achenbach
The Washington Post | May 3, 2016
As excitement grows for the new gene-editing technology, CRISPR, we’re confronted with the question: “How far should we go in editing the human genome?”