PSYC 319
Neuroethics Spring 2017 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as PSYC319 / NSCI319
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Neuroscience studies the brain and mind, and thereby some of the most profound aspects of human existence. In the last decade, advances in our understanding of brain function and in our ability to manipulate brain function have raised significant ethical challenges. This tutorial will explore a variety of important neuroethical questions. Potential topics will include pharmacological manipulation of “abnormal” personality; the use of “cosmetic pharmacology” to enhance cognition; the use of brain imaging to detect deception or to understand the ability, personality or vulnerability of an individual; the relationship between brain activity and consciousness; manipulation of memories; the neuroscience of morality and decision making. In addition to exploring these and other ethical issues, we will explore the basic science underlying them.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3387
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on five 5-page position papers and five short response papers as well as participation in discussions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: PSYC 212 (same as BIOL 212 or NSCI 201); or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Psychology majors and Neuroscience concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under PSYC; meets Division 3 requirement if registration is under NSCI
Attributes: NSCI Group B Electives; PSYC Area 1 - Behavioral Neuroscience;

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