Hist, Phil & Ethics of Brain & Mind Sci (BMRI5001)


The history and philosophy section of this unit examines the conceptual foundations of cognitive neuroscience. These foundations are constituted by the relationships among the psychological concepts involved in investigations into the neural underpinnings of human cognitive, affective and volitional capacities. The ethics section examines the ethical considerations that arise from the rapid pace of research that has led to new ways of understanding brain function. The scope of these questions is enormous, and the majority of cultural, philosophical, ethical and legal standards have not kept up with the rapid pace of technology. The goal of this unit of study is to help students to identify key ethical, legal and social aspects of brain research in an attempt to develop protocols for thinking about potentially problematic areas. This knowledge will enhance the learner's ability to critically analyse given evidence to inform and improve scientific, clinical and mental health policy approaches to disorders of the brain and mind.

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essay (40%), position paper (40%), online discussions (20%)

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