Tag: psychology

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August 31, 2016

Relying on Psychological Assessments do not Right Death Penalty Wrongs for the Intellectually Disabled

Although the death penalty is on the decline in the United States, the case of James Rhodes highlights the ethical quagmire facing forensic psychiatrists and psychologists whose evaluations contribute whether persons with intellectual disabilities convicted of murder will live or die. In addition to the increasingly familiar racial … Continue reading
August 16, 2016

Psychologists who “Analyze” Trump are Violating the Public Trust

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, psychologists are gaining media attention by diagnosing candidates as having personality disorders, especially for the Republican nominee.  But the public should question whether or not offering these diagnoses is professionally ethical or in the service of … Continue reading
January 16, 2009

Free Market Madness Hits Stores On Inauguration Day

A few of us here at bioethics.net were recently informed that something very important is happening on January 20th. Anyone know what?…

December 30, 2008

Is A New DSM Written in Secret Necessarily Unethical?

Sarah Rubenstein from the Wall Street Journal Health Blog has explained that there is a concerning development regarding the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: it’s being written in secret.…

December 10, 2008

Feeling Lonely? Blame Your Genes!

According to a recent study reported on CNN, part of the reason you may be feeling lonely this holiday season could be due to your family–but not because they left you high and dry at the holidays or because they ditched you for other relatives.…

February 1, 2008

Do nerds have a different sense of empathy?

The WHO reported today that anti-malaria efforts in Rwanda and Ethiopia have cut the number of deaths from the disease in half.…

January 14, 2008

Steven Pinker on "The Moral Instinct"

Yesterday’s NYT Mag included an article by Steven Pinker about the science of morality:

… Illusions are a favorite tool of perception scientists for exposing the workings of the five senses, and of philosophers for shaking people out of the nave belief that our minds give us a transparent window onto the world (since if our eyes can be fooled by an illusion, why should we trust them at other times?).

September 21, 2007

Evolution and morality, continued

Olivia Judson, an evolutionary biologist and science writer, has a piece in The Atlantic this month about evolution and altruism.…

September 18, 2007

Evolution and morality

Today’s Science Times includes an interesting article about Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist who studies morality. He hypothesizes that our brains have evolved two levels of morality:


August 19, 2007

APA: Members shouldn't be involved with abusive interrogation

Via the Washington Post comes word that the American Psychological Association ruled Sunday that its members can no longer be associated with many of the “alternative” interrogation techniques in use at US facilities around the world.…

Published Articles (2)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 2 - Feb 2011

Science and Behavior

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 2 - Feb 2011

Behavioral Equipoise: A Way to Resolve Ethical Stalemates in Clinical Research

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July 26, 2013 6:14 pm

Blame the Moon for Bad Sleep?

Many people complain about poor sleep around the time of a full moon. Now, a study by scientists at the University of Basel in Switzerland offers some of the first convincing evidence to suggest that lunar cycles and people’s sleep are connected.