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

Visit the CNS!

The CNS has hosted visitors for periods ranging from a few weeks to a year.  Would you like to visit [...]

Preceptorials on Neuroscience & Society

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

Penn Neuroscience & Society Public Talk Series (2016-17)

The 2016-2017 CNS Talk Series focuses on the “neurofields” and asks the question: What does neuroscience add to education, law, the humanities and [...]

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 [...]

Law & Brain Student Group

The Law and Brain Student Group was active between 2009 and 2012, led by Penn Law students Ben Bumann and [...]

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. View a video of the students at work with Laurie here.