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Neuroethics Today

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It's time for Neuroethics to make today’s news. Katherine Bassil, an upcoming neuroscientist and neuroethics enthusiast, has always tried to advocate for bridging the fields of neuroscience and neuroethics together. The absence of similar enterprises from the community makes it even more difficult for Katherine to achieve her goal. Join Katherine on her mission to show that being a neuroscientist and Neuroethics advocate, is the way for responsible brain innovation.

The Neuroethics Today Podcast brings you interviews with experts in the field, where Neuroethics will question the science.
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Social Justice and Neuroethics: Looking back, moving forward

Neuroethics TodayFeb 13, 2023

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Social Justice and Neuroethics: Looking back, moving forward

Social Justice and Neuroethics: Looking back, moving forward

During Episode 6 of our special season highlighting last year’s International Neuroethics Society meeting, we focused on important take-home messages. Our guest host was Dr. Tim Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. Our speakers were Dr. Jasmine Kwasa, postdoc at Carnegie Mellon’s Neuroscience Institute; Juhi Farooqui, PhD student in neural computation at Carnegie Mellon University; Dr. Kate Webb, postdoc at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Erin Morrow, PhD student in cognitive psychology at UCLA; and Katherine Bassil,  founder and host of Neuroethics Today and PhD candidate in neuroscience at Maastricht University. Our speakers discussed several questions, including: What were your favorite moments of the meeting? Who should answer the meeting’s many calls-to-action? How can we make sure social justice becomes more than just an afterthought in neuroethics?

A special thanks to Rudi Louis Taylor-Bragge - Iowendjeri Boonwurrung Kulin from Birraranga, Naarm (Australia) - for the music especially dedicated to this season of Neuroethics Today.

The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) or the INS Board.

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Feb 13, 202301:01:50
Environmental Neuroethics

Environmental Neuroethics

During Episode 5 of our special season highlighting last year’s International Neuroethics Society meeting, we focused on the emerging field of environmental neuroethics. Our co-guest hosts were Dr. Laura Cabrera, J. Lloyd Huck Career Chair in Neuroethics at Pennsylvania State University; and Erin Morrow, PhD student in cognitive psychology at UCLA. Our speakers were Rudi Louis Taylor-Bragge - Iowendjeri Boonwurrung Kulin from Birraranga, Naarm (Australia), PhD candidate in psychology at Monash University; Dr. Judy Illes, Distinguished Professor in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia; and Louise Harding, who recently completed her master’s degree at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Our speakers consider several questions, including: What is environmental neuroethics? How can it learn from Indigenous communities and become more inclusive? How can story-telling and different forms of knowledge enrich neuroethics? What can environmental neuroethics add to existing climate advocacy efforts? Curious for more? TUNE in NOW!

A special thanks to Rudi Louis Taylor-Bragge - Iowendjeri Boonwurrung Kulin from Birraranga, Naarm (Australia) - for the music especially dedicated to this season of Neuroethics Today.

The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) or the INS Board.

Useful Links:

International Neuroethics Society (INS) website
INS Annual Meeting 2021 Recordings 

Neuroethics Today website
Neuroethics Today on Twitter
Neuroethics Today on Instagram
Neuroethics Today Blog   

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Feb 06, 202301:07:54
Barriers to Social Justice Work in Neuroethics
Jan 30, 202301:13:05
Disability, Neurotechnology, and Justice
Jan 23, 202301:16:19
Community-centered Social Justice
Jan 16, 202301:11:38
Social Justice and Neuroethics

Social Justice and Neuroethics

Jan 09, 202347:39
Veronika Schöpf: "I received death threats."
Sep 23, 202240:35
Jonathan D. Moreno: "A human being is the weakest and strongest link in the chain."
Aug 16, 202257:53
Karen Herrera-Ferrá - "We need more aggressive education."
Jul 26, 202253:54
Christian Herff - "We are NOT decoding thoughts."
Jun 06, 202239:30
Nicole Martin-Martinez - "Chat bots simply can't replace therapists. They just can't."
May 11, 202259:18
Jackson Boonstra: Why Neuralink won't work (monologue)
Apr 04, 202227:26
Katleen Gabriels - “I’m not worried about AI getting consciousness.”

Katleen Gabriels - “I’m not worried about AI getting consciousness.”

During Episode 5 of Season 2, we focused on the topic of the hour: Artificial Intelligence (also known as AI). Katherine Bassil - founder and host - together with Dr. Katleen Gabriels - moral philosopher and assistant professor at Maastricht University - discuss the ethics of AI, the promises and pitfalls, and the need for legislation and AI guidelines. We covered questions such as: What does a moral philosopher do? What is AI? Will AI ever become conscious? Can AI make ethical decisions? What are unique ethical implications of AI in neurotechnologies? Why should we control AI? Curious for more? TUNE in NOW! Useful links: Neuroethics Today website Neuroethics Today on Twitter Neuroethics Today on Instagram Neuroethics Today Blog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/neuroethicstoday/message

Mar 07, 202201:02:15
#TIPsyThursday: Cognitive Enhancers: Who should take them?

#TIPsyThursday: Cognitive Enhancers: Who should take them?

In the third episode of our podcast mini-series #TIPsyThursday* we discuss the 'Cognitive Enhancers'.  Host Katherine, together with co-hosts Mariel and Susan have an open discussion about what are 'Cognitive Enhancers', and what are the ethical issues that can be associated with this emerging HOT technology. Some of the questions we discussed include: What are the different types of cognitive enhancers? Should some individuals be allowed to take them and others prohibited? Why do we have a resistance to accept the widespread use of cognitive enhancers in our society?

Key takeaways:

1. Cognitive enhancers can be either used to diminish or enhance brain activity.

2. Cognitive enhancers that are not regulated may pose ethical implications.

3. There is no consensus on who should and should not be prescribed cognitive enhancers.

4. Views surrounding the use of cognitive enhancers differ depending on the outcome that they facilitate.

*#TIPsyThursday is an informal mini-series by Neuroethics Today where host Katherine Bassil and co-hosts Mariel Kalkach and Susan Kravitz have an open conversation about all things neuroethics including technologies that exist, do not exist, and may one day exist. You do not need to be a neuro-somebody to tune in, just grab your favourite drink, your headphones, relax and enjoy this provoking and stimulating conversation.

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Neuroethics Today website
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Aug 31, 202031:18
Michelle Muller - "That is clearly discrimination."
Aug 03, 202042:56
2-minutes Neuroethics: What is Dual-Use?

2-minutes Neuroethics: What is Dual-Use?

2-minutes Neuroethics: What is Dual-Use?

Jul 16, 202001:57
Anna Wexler - "The misleading claims is the most concerning aspect of DTC Neurotechnology."
May 01, 202042:37
#TIPsyThursday: Brain Biomarkers : Would You Want to Know?

#TIPsyThursday: Brain Biomarkers : Would You Want to Know?

In the second episode of our podcast mini-series #TIPsyThursday* we discuss the 'Biomarkers for Brain Diseases'.  Host Katherine, together with co-hosts Mariel and Susan have an open discussion about what are 'Brain Biomarkers', and what are the ethical issues that can be associated with this this technology. We even raised personal questions such as: Would you want to know of a risk to psychiatric and/or neurological diseases? Do you have a responsibility to act on the results that you are given? How should sensitive 'risk profiles' be communicated with the patient/individual?

Key takeaways:

1. Current biomarker testing for psychiatric diseases is not robust enough to be used in the clinic.

2. There isn't a single biomarker that can detect risk of developing a psychiatric disorder

3. There are 2 schools-of-thought when it comes to biomarker research: (1) The right to know and the right not to know; (2) The right to know and the duty to tell.

4. Risk profiles from biomarker testing should be very carefully communicated to the individual to avoid panic and anxiety.

5. Certain employers might demand a biomarker test risk profile of their potential employees. Is that ethical? What about the involvement of insurance companies?

*#TIPsyThursday is an informal mini-series by Neuroethics Today where host Katherine Bassil and co-hosts Mariel Kalkach and Susan Kravitz have an open conversation about all things neuroethics including technologies that exist, do not exist, and may one day exist. You do not need to be a neuro-somebody to tune in, just grab your favourite drink, your headphones, relax and enjoy this provoking and stimulating conversation.

Useful Links:

Neuroethics Today website
Neuroethics Today on Twitter
Neuroethics Today on Instagram
Neuroethics Today Merch
Neuroethics Today Blog (new!)

Apr 16, 202032:51
2-minutes Neuroethics: What is the Ethics of Neuroscience?

2-minutes Neuroethics: What is the Ethics of Neuroscience?

2-minutes Neuroethics: What is the Ethics of Neuroscience?

Mar 24, 202001:59
2-minutes Neuroethics: What is the Neuroscience of Ethics?

2-minutes Neuroethics: What is the Neuroscience of Ethics?

2-minutes Neuroethics: What is the Neuroscience of Ethics?

Mar 24, 202002:05
Andrew Neff - "Scientists are not always very transparent"
Mar 23, 202035:09
#TIPsyThursday: Morality Pill as Treatment?
Mar 12, 202028:34
What the he** is Neuroethics?
Feb 03, 202028:19
12 Neuroethics Lessons from 12 Neuroethics Discussions
Dec 30, 201939:27
Laurens Landeweerd - "You never know when Science Fiction becomes Science Fact."

Laurens Landeweerd - "You never know when Science Fiction becomes Science Fact."

Laurens Landeweerd joins host Katherine Bassil in discussion on the ethical implications of human and cognitive enhancement, a topic that has been buzzing on all media platforms for the last couple of years. In the first part of this episode, Laurens answers questions on lifespan extension and living "forever" from a philosophical point of view. In the second part, he shares with us his insights on cognitive enhancement. Finally, Laurens sheds light on current debates in the field of genetic editing, particularly with developments in the revolutionary technology "CRISPR". Why do humans want to live forever? Should humans want to live forever? Will cognitive enhancers create societal inequalities? Are we playing God? Is Laurens optimistic or pessimistic about the future? We finish off by overing exciting and up-to-date neuroethics news. Find out more details on episode 12 of the Neuroethics Police podcast!

Who is Laurens Landeweerd? Laurens is a philosopher. He holds a position as assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Institute for Science in Society. He is also coach at HogeSchool Zuyd’s Interdisciplinary Arts programme (iArts). Landeweerd is interested in the relation between nature and technology. His research focuses on the philosophy of living systems. He has contributed to a series of national and international projects on the ethics and philosophy of the neurosciences, biotechnology and synthetic biology. Next to works on the philosophy of technology, his research focuses on the nature of the human being in relation to human enhancement: lifespan extension, enhancement of cognition and sensory experience.

N.B. Keep an eye on the website for more information on the 2020 annual meeting of the Italian Neuroethics Society.

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Nov 25, 201945:19
Yasin Temel - "Your personality is everything, but for each individual it's different."

Yasin Temel - "Your personality is everything, but for each individual it's different."

Yasin Temel joins host Katherine Bassil in discussion on the ethical implications of deep brain stimulation (or DBS), a neurotechnology that has been the number one therapeutic strategy for brain disorders like Parkinson's disease. In the first part of this episode, Yasin elaborates on what is DBS and how is it being used in the clinics nowadays. In the second part, he shares with us how patients feel towards carrying this brain implant for the rest of their lives and whether they develop any kind of attachment to it once it is removed. Finally, Yasin sheds light on changes in personality that can accompany DBS surgery, while revisiting a peculiar case of one of his former patients. What is DBS? Do patients carry some kind of resistance towards this brain device? Can DBS lead to personality changes? Will patients face a dilemma: sacrificing their personality to combat the burden of disease? Find out more details on episode 10 of the Neuroethics Police podcast!
Oct 28, 201938:55
Andrea Lavazza - "As a philosopher, I am proud of this."
Sep 30, 201958:23
Marcello Ienca - "Neuroethics is not about policing on Neuroscience"
Sep 02, 201901:13:23
Saskia Valk - "The artist is a bridge builder between two distant worlds"
Jul 29, 201942:11
David Roef & Antonia Waltermann - "You reduce a person to a brain, you keep them out of the courtroom."
Jul 01, 201901:24:58
Matthew L. Baum - "We change our behavior knowing it might rain"

Matthew L. Baum - "We change our behavior knowing it might rain"

Dr. Matthew L. Baum joins Sophie Okolo and host Katherine Bassil in discussion on the neuroethics of biomarkers. Focusing on major concepts discussed in his book "The Neuroethics of Biomarkers", Matthew explains the motive behind it all. From discussing pre-disorders, limitations in current diagnostic manuals and the concept of moral responsibility, this episode highlights the implications of biomarkers in our daily lives. Are you held accountable if you were involved in a car accident, knowing you were at higher risk of having a seizure? Find out more details on episode 6 of the Neuroethics Police podcast!
Jun 10, 201901:01:50
Open discussion - Head transplants and beyond

Open discussion - Head transplants and beyond

Neuroscience PhD candidates Clara Snijders, Jackson Boonstra, Megan Sieg and Masters student Ieva Gembutaite joined the Neuroethics Police in an open discussion. In this episode, several ethical and societal implications were discussed concerning  recent neuroscience research, including keeping pig brains "alive", human brain organoids, brain-computer interfaces (or BCI), artificial intelligence (or AI) and last but not least human head transplants. During this open discussion the ethical and societal implications of similar research were raised with more questions asked than answered. What neuroscience research keeps you awake at night?

May 05, 201951:34
Dorothee Horstkötter - "My journey led me out of the office and into a prison"

Dorothee Horstkötter - "My journey led me out of the office and into a prison"

Assistant Professor Dorothee Horstkötter discusses the neuroethics of forensic psychology and psychiatry focusing on her previous experience with juvenile delinquents in the Netherlands. With a background in practical philosophy and applied bioethics, Dr. Dorothee highlights the problematic implications of forensic psychology and psychiatry. She also provides a critical perspective on introducing artificial intelligence in the courtroom. 

Mar 29, 201945:14
Daniël van den Hove - "We should not want to live forever"

Daniël van den Hove - "We should not want to live forever"

Associate Professor Daniël van den Hove discusses the neuroethics of biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease and Depression, accompanied by a short trip into the future.

Feb 25, 201931:08
Introduction - "I took upon myself to raise awareness"

Introduction - "I took upon myself to raise awareness"

Why Neuroethics Today? Who is the host? Learn more about the motive behind this podcast, and what to expect.

Feb 03, 201910:12
Jos Prickaerts - "The train left the station without us"

Jos Prickaerts - "The train left the station without us"

Professor Jos Prickaerts discusses his relationship with neuroethics including the challenges he encouters as a scientist, and the importance of neuroethics training. 

Jan 21, 201924:14