News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Neuroscientists Make a Case against Solitary Confinement

by Dana G. Smith

Scientific American | November 9, 2018

At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, researchers described how social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain.

The Neuroethics of Advertising

by Ann L. Whitman

Dana blog | November 3, 2018

The good news is, no mind-controlling “buy button” exists. The bad news is, as neuroscience areas such as decision-making and reward processing advance, and our personal data accumulates online, there’s no guarantee it will never exist in the future. We report from the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

Does DBS cause changes in personality?

by Ann L. Whitman

Dana blog | November 3, 2018

Since 2002, deep brain stimulation (DBS), the surgical implantation of a pacemaker-like device that sends electrical impulses to targeted parts of the brain, has been used as a treatment for motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). But are patients trading part of their sense of self in exchange for improved mobility? We report from the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.

The Contact Sports Dilemma

by Philip M. Boffey

November 1, 2018

What should be done in the absence of better knowledge of how to predict the risks to an individual player? New Neuroethics column for Brain in the News.

Happy with a 20% chance of sadness

by Matt Kaplan

Nature | October 30, 2018

Researchers are developing wristbands and apps to predict moods — but the technology has pitfalls as well as promise.

Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from

by Karen Hao

October 24, 2018

The infamous “trolley problem” was put to millions of people in a global study, revealing how much ethics diverge across cultures.

What can neuroscience tell us about ethics?

by Adina L. Roskies

Neuroethics Blog | October 16, 2018

Neuroethics, by its name, seems to suggest that neuroscience is relevant for ethical thought. Researcher and philosopher Adina Roskies clarifies the ways in which neuroscience can be relevant to ethics.

The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains

by Michael Joseph Gross

The Atlantic | October 15, 2018

The US military wants future super-soldiers to control robots with their thoughts. What could go wrong?

Neuroethics Questions to Guide Ethical Research in the International Brain Initiatives

by Global Neuroethics Summit Delegates

Neuron | October 10, 2018

Increasingly, national governments across the globe are prioritizing investments in neuroscience. Currently, seven active or in-development national-level brain research initiatives exist, spanning four continents. Engaging with the underlying values and ethical concerns that drive brain research across cultural and continental divides is critical to future research. In this Perspective article, delegates from the Global Neuroethics Summit aim to prioritize a list of neuroethics questions for neuroscientists operating in the context of these international brain initiatives.

Ethical Considerations for Emergent Neuroprosthetic Technology

by Emily Sanborn

Neuroethics Blog | October 10, 2018

In the emergence of these technologies, there are ethical issues presented and a question is formed: Are we fixing what is not broken?

Technology and Addiction Take Center Stage at Neuroethics Meeting

by Mo Costandi

Dana Foundation blog | September 27, 2018

A member of the International Neuroethics Society's board gives us a preview of events at the group's annual meeting, in San Diego Nov. 1-2.

Ketamine gives hope to patients with severe depression. But some clinics stray from the science and hype its benefits

by Megan Thielking

STAT | September 24, 2018

Dozens of free-standing clinics have opened across the US in recent years to provide ketamine to patients who are desperate for an effective therapy and hopeful the drug can help. But a STAT investigation found wide-ranging inconsistencies among clinics, from the screening of patients to the dose and frequency of infusions to the coordination with patients’ mental health providers. A number of clinics stray from recommendations issued last year by the American Psychiatric Association.

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