Through the use of ever more sophisticated tools and techniques, neuroscience is forging new insight into the structure and functions of the brain. Uniting methods of the natural, physical and social sciences, brain research is expanding current understanding of thought, emotions and behaviors, and is challenging—and in some cases revising—long-held concepts of mind, self, and morality.
Neuroethics studies and aims to resolve ethical, legal, and social issues around new developments in brain science: in medicine, public life, global relations, or military operations. It also analyzes the use of neuroscientific tools to study morality.
James Giordano PhD, MPhil is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program; Division of Integrative Physiology, and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University. His lecture will present an overview of the newest developments in brain science and some of the ethical, legal and social issues they spawn, illustrating the importance of neuroethics in guiding brain research and its many applications in the twenty-first century.