News and analysis on the implications of brain science

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.

FENS: How Far Should Brain Researchers Go?

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | July 14, 2014

How much should we enhance our brains, how far should we go to treat risky pre-term pregnancies, and when can we morally do research on people having surgery for something else were among the topics at the William Safire Seminar on Neuroethics.

Recording and Manipulating the Brain: How Far Can We Go? How Far Should We Go?

The Dana Foundation | July 7, 2014

Press conference on the neuroethics of "Recording and Manipulating the Brain: How Far Can We Go? How Far Should We Go?" at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Milan, Italy, July 7, 2014.

Neuroscience Approaches the Bench

by Terry Devitt

University of Wisconsin-Madison News | June 10, 2014

Last week, the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at UW-Madison co-hosted an AAAS and the Dana Foundation sponsored seminar on neuroscience for judges from around the country.

My DNA Made Me Do It? How Behavioral Genetics Is Influencing the Justice System

by Virginia Hughes

National Geographic | June 4, 2014

As genetic evidence becomes more common in criminal and civil cases, education about what genes can and cannot tell us should be improved.

Morality Pills: Reality or Science Fiction?

by Molly Crockett

The Guardian | June 3, 2014

The complexities of ethics and the brain make it difficult for scientists to develop a pill to enhance human morals.

Magnetic Manipulation of the Sense of Morality

by Mo Costandi

Neurophilosophy Blog | May 30, 2014

A newly published report from MIT reports “that magnetic pulses which disrupt activity in a specific region of the brain’s right hemisphere can interfere with the ability to make certain types of moral judgements.”

From the Archives: Neuroethics

by Nicky Penttila

Dana Foundation Blog | May 29, 2014

Inspired by the BRAIN Initiative's first report, which tackles neuroethics, we went to the Dana archives to look at progress made in the field.

Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

by Alan Schwarz

The New York Times | May 16, 2014

The practice draws concern, in part, because there has been little study on the use of A.D.H.D. drugs for children under 3.

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Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society

by Misti Ault Anderson

The blog of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues | May 14, 2014

“[T]he Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its report, Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (Gray Matters, Vol. 1), the first of two reports it will produce in response to President Obama’s charge to consider the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research and the application and implications of neuroscience research findings.”

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Inside the Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation

by Greg Miller

Wired | May 5, 2014

Regular people are literally buying into the promise of brain stimulation to improve mood, memory, and focus (among other things), by buying and building stimulation devices. While some people report positive outcomes from this type of brain stimulation, many scientists warn that the research is still in its infancy.

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1st Annual International Neuroethics Society Student Essay Prize

International Neuroethics Society | May 5, 2014

The International Neuroethics Society is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new student prize in neuroethics. All current postsecondary students in any discipline (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) are eligible and invited to submit a single-author essay on any topic in neuroethics (e.g. ethical, legal, policy, and social implications of neuroscience) by May 20. The top two winners will receive a one-year student membership to INS, a travel stipend to attend the annual meeting, and opportunities to be published.

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