News and analysis on the implications of brain science

What Are the Ethics of Using Brain Stimulation Technologies for ‘Enhancement’ in Children?

by Brian D. Earp

Practical Ethics | January 5, 2015

The blog points to a new article looking at non-invasive brain stimulation in children who are healthy (enhancement) and those suffering from a neurological disorder (treatment).

On Revolution: Q&A with Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D.

The Dana Foundation | December 18, 2014

What would the next scientific revolution look like? That's the subject of this month’s Cerebrum article, "You Say You Want a Revolution.” We ask a few questions of co-author Wise Young.

You Say You Want a Revolution?

by Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., and Patricia Morton, Ph.D.

Cerebrum | December 5, 2014

From the frontlines of spinal cord research, Wise Young and Patricia Morton lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research.

New Open-Access Journal Call for Papers

Journal of Science and Law | November 23, 2014

A new journal, Journal of Science and Law, has announced a call for papers. From its website: “The journal is open-access, with all articles available for free at Because we are an online journal, we are de-emphasizing word limits in deference to quality: articles should be as long as they need to be (but no longer). We publish Original Research Articles, Reviews, Opinions, and occasionally, Book Reviews. Papers are published on a rolling basis as soon as they are accepted.”

Neuroscience and Human Rights

by Ann Whitman

Dana Foundation Blog | November 16, 2014

Can human rights principles and neuroethics become more integrated in future discourse? A report from the 2014 International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

Robots as Soldiers and Caretakers

by Ann Whitman

Dana Foundation Blog | November 15, 2014

A public program on robots in society looks at autonomous robots in warfare and healthcare. A report from the 2014 International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?

by Walter R. Boot, Ph.D. and Arthur F. Kramer, Ph.D.

Cerebrum | November 3, 2014

A host of companies promise to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Regardless of their effectiveness, their advertising has convinced tens of thousands of people to open their wallets.

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Scientific Leader Alan Leshner Encourages Ethical Approach to Science

by Zishi Wu

The Miami Hurricane | October 23, 2014

Dana Alliance member and CEO of AAAS Alan Leshner recently spoke about the importance of accuracy in scientific papers to students and faculty at the University of Miami.

Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

by Craig Stark, Ph.D.

The Dana Foundation | October 15, 2014

Our constant exposure to over-inflated claims of what technologies like neuroimaging can do are leading to a form of collective false memory in the form of an unreasonable expectation of what the technology can prove. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Sleep Deprivation Increases Susceptibility to False Memories

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | October 7, 2014

Learning false information when sleepy can chance a person’s memory of a photograph, researchers find.

Truth, Justice, and the NFL Way

by Philip E. Stieg, M.D., Ph.D.

Cerebrum | September 5, 2014

Our reviewer, Philip E. Stieg, a neuro-trauma consultant on the sidelines of NFL games, is no stranger to the violence of football. In his review of League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, Stieg finds the sports-concussion crisis to be a difficult subject.

International Neuroethics Society 2014 Annual Meeting

by Chelsea Ott

Dana Foundation Blog | August 27, 2014

Chelsea Ott, International Neuroethics Society Communications Manager, gives us the rundown on what to expect at this year’s International Neuroethics Society annual meeting in November in DC.

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