Welcome to the Center for Neuroscience & Society

Welcome to the website of the Center for Neuroscience & Society. We are a group of faculty and students from departments spanning the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Law, Wharton and Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, whose work addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience.

CNS Highlights

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Preceptorials on Neuroscience & Society

Undergraduates can explore different aspects of neuroscience and society in short, noncredit seminars scheduled throughout the academic year.

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Penn Neuroscience & Society Public Talk Series (2014-2015)

We are pleased to announce the schedule of our 2014-2015 Neuroscience & Society Public Talk Series, along with a new […]

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Neuroscience Boot Camp

Neuroscience boot camp will be on temporary hiatus for summer 2015. In order to stay updated as to when we […]

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CNS and the School of Arts and Sciences introduce SCAN

Penn’s new certificate program in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) will enable graduate and professional students preparing for a […]

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Law & Brain Student Group

Neuroscience has the potential to influence the law in several ways:

The law, in large part, seeks to modify people’s behavior. […]

Brain imaging in psychiatry – a joint workshop with the Hastings Center

Psychiatric diseases are diseases of the brain, but can we diagnose them with brain imaging?  Can neuroimaging guide treatment plans? […]


UntitledThe Penn CNS helped Laurie Shriver’s students at the BOOST after school art program in a Philadelphia Public School learn about the brain and then paint the school’s entryway pillars with beautiful neuroscience-inspired art!  The murals incorporate images of individual neurons, tissue slices and whole brains.