Susan Magsamen is the founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, a pioneering neuroaesthetics initiative from the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her body of work lies at the intersection of brain sciences and the arts—and how our unique response to aesthetic experiences can amplify human potential. Magsamen is the author of the Impact Thinking model, an evidence-based research approach to accelerate how we use the arts to solve problems in health, well-being, and learning. She is the co-editor of the American Psychological Association’s journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. In addition to her role at IAM Lab, she also serves as senior advisor to the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to founding IAM Lab, Magsamen worked in both the private and public sectors, developing social impact programs and products addressing all stages of life—from early childhood to aging adulthood. Magsamen created Curiosityville, an online personalized learning world, acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014 and Curiosity Kits, a hands-on multi-sensory company, acquired by Torstar in 1995.
Cristian Zaelzer-Perez Receives 2019 SfN Science Educator AwardReport from Neuroscience 2019
Interview with Cristian Zaelzer-Perez on his work bringing scientists and artists together to enrich one another.
Stefano Sandrone Receives 2019 SfN Science Educator AwardReport from Neuroscience 2019
Interview with Stefano Sandrone on how he got started in education, the importance of mentors, and more.
Centering Human-Centered Artificial IntelligenceReport from Neuroscience 2019
AI pioneer Fei-Fei Li shared her vision and research at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago.
INS Keynote Address: Martha Farah on the Impact of SESReport from the International Neuroethics Society Conference, 2019
Martha J. Farah delivered a spirited defense of the fledgling field of neuroethics to a supportive audience on Friday, the final day of the 2019 annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society (INS), in Chicago.
Psychedelic Treatment for Consciousness Disorders?
If the complexity of a brain’s connections is a good measure of consciousness, and if psychedelics increase connectivity, could they help people in unconscious states like coma?
Functional Imaging of the Fetal Brain
Results from improved techniques—including finding brain tissue in a moving fetus in moving amniotic fluid—add to the argument that the seeds of some disorders are present before birth.
Growing Brains: Warnings from a Cell Line That Became ImmortalNeuroethics Essay Contest Winner, 2019
The winning entry in this year's Neuroethics Essay Contest, general-audience category, is by Sunidhi Ramesh, Sidney Kimmel Medical College Emory University
CNS Intervention in the Courtroom: An Ethical Evaluation of the Rehabilitative Potential of SSRIsNeuroethics Essay Contest Winner, 2019
The winning entry in this year's Neuroethics Essay Contest, academic category, is by Khayla Black, New York University Shanghai
The Right to Neurotechnology: Exploring the Government’s Role on Societal Stratification in the Future of Human EnhancementNeuroethics Essay Contest Winner, 2019
The winning entry in this year's Neuroethics Essay Contest, high-school category, is by Prithvi Nathan, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Guns and the Mental Health MisnomerNeuroethics Viewpoint
While mass shootings continue to escalate, politics has led to the absence of solid, peer-reviewed research that will help identify individuals who might commit violent crimes. Column by Philip M. Boffey