Neuroethics

News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Neurolaw and Order

BBC World Service | December 6, 2017

Podcast: The latest findings in neuroscience are increasingly affecting the justice system in America.

Neurotechnology and the Military

by Nicky Penttila

Dana blog | December 5, 2017

“Every generation has been trying to figure out how to use brain-related technology to improve security,” from caffeine to computer enhancement, bioethicist Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., said at the Capitol Hill briefing.

INS Meeting: Ethical Consumer Neurotechnologies

by Seimi Rurup

November 13, 2017

Karola Kreitmair discussed guidelines for ethical consumer neurotechnologies in her Rising Star Plenary Lecture at the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

INS Meeting: Environmental Factors Impacting the Developing Brain

by Ann Whitman

Dana Blog | November 11, 2017

Three neuroscientists describe different aspects of the physical and social environments that can affect the developing brain during a session at the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

Neuroscience & Society: To Tell the Truth

by Seimi Rurup

Dana blog | November 10, 2017

When do children learn to lie? Can we trust our own memories? Researchers weighed in on these and other truthy questions during the public session at the recent International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

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INS Meeting: Science Communication

by Ann Whitman

Dana blog | November 10, 2017

Talk to the public as well as the press, don't skew data, and expect there will be a learning curve, panelists advised during a panel on communicating science during the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

A Medical Solution to Reducing Police Brutality

by Natalia M. Montes

INS | November 10, 2017

The International Neuroethics Society's Science Communication Essay Winner for 2017, by Natalia Montes, University of Washington, departments of psychology and philosophy.

Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI

by Rafael Yuste, Sara Goering, et al

Nature: Comment | November 8, 2017

Artificial intelligence and brain–computer interfaces must respect and preserve people's privacy, identity, agency and equality. Commentary from The Morningside Group, which includes neuroscientists, neurotechnologists, clinicians, ethicists and machine-intelligence engineers.

The First Neuroethics Meeting: Then and Now

by Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., Patricia Smith Churchland, B.Ph., and Kenneth F. Schaffner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dana Foundation | October 31, 2017

In 2002 that more than 150 neuroscientists, bioethicists, doctors of psychiatry and psychology, philosophers, and professors of law and public policy came together to chart the boundaries, define the issues, and raise some of the ethical implications tied to advances in brain research. On the 15th anniversary of the Neuroethics: Mapping the Field conference in San Francisco, we asked three of the original speakers to reflect on how far the neuroethics field has come in 15 years—and where it may be going in the next 15.

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Artificial Intelligence Detects Suicidal Tendencies in People Using Brain Scans

by Kristen V. Brown

October 31, 2017

New research seeks to use artificial intelligence to identify people suffering from suicidal thoughts based on brain scans alone. The first run analyzes 34 scans.

How a Focus on Rich Educated People Skews Brain Studies

by Ed Yong

The Atlantic | October 31, 2017

When scientists recruit people for study, they tend to be wealthier and better-educated than usual. Unless researchers take steps to correct for that bias, "what we get is an understanding of the brain that’s incomplete, skewed, and, well, a little weird," says the writer.

Does modern neuroscience really help us understand behavior?

by Danbee Kim and Gonçalo Lopes

Massive | October 3, 2017

Two experts argue that the field needs to move beyond its limited roots.


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