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October 15, 2014
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) is pleased to offer multiple presentations at the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH) Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 16-19 in San Diego, Calif. Over the course of the four day conference Bioethics Commission staff will highlight a number of bioethical issues, […]
October 8, 2014
Today, Senior Policy and Research Analyst Elizabeth Pike will present on behalf of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) at the conference “Emerging Ethical and Legal Challenges in Chronic Neurological Conditions.” The presentation is part of a two-day conference held at the Cleveland Clinic’s Global Center for Health Innovation and […]
October 1, 2014
At the White House BRAIN Conference yesterday, Lisa M. Lee, Executive Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) joined other representatives from federal agencies to discuss the progress and the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Her remarks, as part of the panel “Current Activities, Long-Term Goals, and Critical Components […]
September 30, 2014
We’re pleased to take part in today’s White House BRAIN Conference. Check out our infographic that highlights our recommendations from Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, the first of two reports on neuroscience and related ethical issues.
August 20, 2014
An in-depth roundtable discussion involving both members and presenters wrapped up today’s Washington, D.C. meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). Today’s meeting was in response to President Obama’s request, as part of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, that the Bioethics Commission review the ethical […]
August 20, 2014
In the fourth series of the presentations from today’s public meeting on neuroscience and related ethical issues, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) addressed questions related to the capacity to consent to neuroscience research. The Bioethics Commission heard from two experts in the field: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., the Director […]
August 20, 2014
As it continued today’s meeting on neuroscience, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) turned its attention to potential clinical applications and innovations that may stem from neuroscience research. President Obama asked the Bioethics Commission to consider the ethical issues associated with neuroscience as part of the BRAIN (Brain Research through […]
August 20, 2014
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) heard this morning from a panel of experts representing the neurotechnology sector and regulatory agencies on the ethical considerations in direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales of neurotechnologies. The Bioethics Commission is reviewing the ethical issues associated with the application of neuroscience research in response to President […]
August 20, 2014
As part of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, President Obama asked the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) to “identify proactively a set of core ethical standards – both to guide neuroscience research and to address some of the ethical dilemmas that may be raised by the […]
August 20, 2014
Today the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) dives into several of the complex ethical and societal implications of neuroscience research and its applications. Today’s agenda includes sessions on cognitive enhancement, direct-to-consumer neurotechnology, clinical innovation through neuroscience research, and capacity to consent research. President Obama requested that the Bioethics Commission review […]
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August 12, 2013 3:34 pm
Near death experiences in which people report “seeing the light” could be explained by increases in electrical activity in the brain after the heart stops, scientists have found.
June 21, 2013 4:40 pm
An international group of neuroscientists has sliced, imaged and analysed the brain of a 65-year-old woman to create the most detailed map yet of a human brain in its entirety.
February 15, 2013 11:56 am
Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (DBS) offers benefits earlier in the course of Parkinson’s disease (PD), before the appearance of severe disabling motor complications, according to results of a randomized controlled trial.
October 29, 2012 4:55 pm
Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. The 66-year-old’s brain produces a level of gamma waves – those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory – never before reported in neuroscience.
September 13, 2012 1:31 pm
Steven Poole in the New Statesman has a fun and feisty attack–very appropriate in the memory of Thomas Szasz, one of the great warriors against the scientistic pretensions of our knowledge of the human mind–on pop neuroscience books, for grossly overstating the value of fMRI evidence, burying truistic speculation under the guise of cutting-edge science, and sheer hand-waving silliness, among other intellectual crimes.
July 5, 2012 1:10 pm
Researchers have been struggling to unfold ‘what’s under the hood’ through the lens of neuroscience and they have been finding all sorts of insights into human behavior. They have been looking at everything from how multitasking is harder for seniors to how people love talking about themselves. Neural basis of love and hatred, compassion and admiration have all been studied with fMRI, yielding colored blobs representing the corresponding love or hatred centers in our brains. But what does it all really mean?
May 17, 2012 9:54 am
Will “the self” survive because it can provide people with a greater sense of happiness? Or is it – perhaps along with the constructs “Free Will” and “Determinism” – doomed to the dustbin of history? Should cyborgs, avatars, and a rewired human brain be developed with a stronger or weaker sense of self? An interview with Dr. Garret Merriam, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Southern Indiana.
May 10, 2012 11:30 am
The new sciences in fact have a tendency to divide neatly into two parts. On the one hand there is an analysis of some feature of our mental or social life and an attempt to show its importance and the principles of its organisation. On the other hand, there is a set of brain scans. Every now and then there is a cry of “Eureka!” – for example, when Joshua Greene showed that dilemmas involving personal confrontation arouse different brain areas from those aroused by detached moral calculations. But since Greene gave no coherent description of the question, to which the datum was supposed to suggest an answer, the cry dwindled into silence.
April 12, 2012 11:44 pm
The puzzle of consciousness is so devilish that scientists and philosophers are still struggling with how to talk about it, let alone figure out what it is and where it comes from.
April 11, 2012 1:13 pm
Center researchers are studying neural systems and their relationship to motor commands, a connection that potentially could benefit the aging, those suffering from neurological disorders, or who have lost limbs in battle or other trauma, or from diseases. . . They also are studying important related emotional, cultural, ethical and psychological issues associated with limb loss, and enlisting the input of experts, for example, Judy Illes, a neurology professor at the University of British Columbia, who specializes in neuroethics.
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