News and analysis on the implications of brain science

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.

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.

Neuroethics Essay Contest Submission Deadline Extended to June 30

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.

The Neuroweapons Threat

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.

Biotech Companies Get Permission to Test Brain Death Reversal

by Jon Fingas

Engadget | May 4, 2016

The trial is a long shot, but it raises the hope of reviving people once thought lost.

Pondering ‘What It Means to Be Human’ on the Frontier of Gene Editing

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?”

Call for Abstracts for the 2016 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

International Neuroethics Society | March 27, 2016

Present your research to colleagues from around the world at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society in San Diego, CA, November 10-11, 2016. The Society encourages investigators at all stages of their careers to submit abstracts of both an empirical and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. All oral and poster presentations will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Should Parents of Children With Severe Disabilities Be Allowed to Stop Their Growth?

by Genevieve Field

The New York Times Magazine | March 22, 2016

Caring for people with severe mental and physical limitations becomes vastly harder as they get older. Some parents believe medically stunting them is the answer—but is it ethical?

The Brain Gets Its Day in Court

by Greg Miller

The Atlantic | March 1, 2016

A new study found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012.

‘Neuromarketing’ claims to make us shop but is it a decent thing to do?

by James Garvey

The Independent | January 26, 2016

By bypassing the brain’s processors and dealing directly with the subconscious, ‘Neuromarketing’ could be prodding us into new purchases. In a new book, James Garvey questions the practitioners’ ethics.

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