Neuroethics

News and analysis on the implications of brain science

DEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid Alternatives

by Jon Kelvey

Slate | September 22, 2016

The DEA’s drug policies have made medical marijuana research more difficult. “There are fundamental neuroscience questions we can answer with Kratom,” one researcher says. If only they could easily study it.

Readying the Legal Community for More Neuroscientific Evidence

by Owen Jones

National Law Journal | September 12, 2016

Given both the scope and pace of developments, it's especially important to ensure that neuroscientific evidence is properly understood and evaluated, so that it may aid, rather than hinder, the fair and effective administration of justice. (free registration required)

Introducing the Bioethics Commission’s New Educational Resource: “Classroom Discussion Guide on Ethics and Incidental Findings

by Rashmi Borah

Bioethics Commission blog | September 8, 2016

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has released a new discussion guide titled “Classroom Discussion Guide on Ethics and Incidental Findings.”

Court: Anti-psychotic can be forcibly administered to doctor on trial for murder

CBS News | September 6, 2016

Connecticut authorities can forcibly administer anti-psychotic medicine on a mentally ill doctor charged in the murder of a Yale University physician so he can be competent to stand trial, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

Neuroscience & the Media

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)

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Mental Alchemy

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.”

The Ethics of Using Brain Stimulation to Enhance Learning in Children

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.

A Tale of Science, Ethics, Intrigue, and Human Flaws

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.

Should Science Fraudsters Have to Serve Jail Time?

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.

My daughter has Down syndrome. Would I "cure" her if I could?

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?

Will Neuroscience and Law Collide?

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.

The Plague at Our Doorstep: Ethical Issues Presented by the Zika Virus Outbreak

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.


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