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CNS is Hiring: Full-time Lecturer/Assoc. Director

The Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania is Seeking a PhD neuroscientist with teaching experience to join us as a full-time Lecturer and Associate Director of the graduate certificate program in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN). Details: Teaching load of 2 and 2, including one [...]

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Can you – and should you – electrify your brain?

CNS faculty member Roy Hamilton explains the technology of transcranial direct current stimulation, and how it is being used to improve cognition and mood, on The Pulse:

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Are We Entering an Era of Neuromanagement?

CNS faculty member Joe Kable's recent article in the Journal of Neuroscience, on predicting impulsive decision-making from structural MRI, inspired this provocative thought piece in Harvard Business Review.

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New Spring 2015 Course Offering: PSYC 449-301 – Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Neuroscience of Human Motivation and Behavior

PSYC 449-301 will focus on the neuroscience of human motivation and behavior as it relates to a broad range of applied settings, such as neuromarketing, public health, and criminal law. Students will acquire foundational knowledge about the neuroscience of emotion, reward, and decision-making while learning how to critically evaluate current [...]

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Anjan Chatterjee Serves as Science Juror for the Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.’s Brain Exhibition

The 16th international art-science juried exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. is the result of Art & Science Collaborations' international Open Call for stunning visual images documenting original art executed in any media that was inspired or informed by the various aspects of the brain and new discoveries in [...]

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CNS Partner The Franklin Institute Unveils New “Your Brain” Exhibit

The Franklin Institute will open its new permanent exhibit, Your Brain, on June 14th. We saw it, and helped with it, in development. But even we were stunned when we finally stepped inside. It is not just fascinating and comprehensive, it is gorgeous! Take your friends and family and go [...]

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Opportunity for Grad and Professional Students in Science and Society

Penn Neuroscience grad student Samantha White is leading an AAAS-sponsored program, Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS), and invites you to apply for an exciting fellowship opportunity on campus next year!  See the national website,, and contact Sam with your questions:

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International Neuroethics Society – call for abstracts

Submit your abstracts to the International Neuroethics Society between now and May 15th! This year the INS will meet in Washington, DC, right before the Society for Neuroscience meeting on November 13 and 14 - a convenient location and time for Penn folks to participate!  For details see

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Interpreting Neuroimages – A Penn CNS Collaboration with the Hastings Center for Bioethics

Following a series of meetings held at Penn with colleagues from Penn, Hastings and elsewhere, we are proud to announce the fruits of our joint labor: A special issue of the Hastings Center Report on Interpreting Neuroimages: An Introduction to the Technology and Its Limits, edited by Josephine Johnston and [...]

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Wonder Woman and our own Martha Farah, on Nature Neuroscience podcast

Dr. Martha Farah is interviewed on fMRI lie detection on this NeuroPod podcast.

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Presidential Committee for the Study of Bioethical Issues seeks comments on Neuroethics

Bioethics Commission Seeking Comments on Neuroethics. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is asking for public comment on the ethical considerations of neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings. Comments are due on April 1.

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Stephen Morse Receives APA’s Isaac Ray Award

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence, Penn Law Professor Stephen J. Morse has been selected to receive the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association. The award, one of the highest honors in its field, is scheduled to be presented [...]

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Critical Acclaim for The Anatomy of Violence by Adrian Raine

Critical Acclaim for The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime by CNS Faculty Member Adrian Raine: “Lively, engaging. . . . A convincing case that violent criminals are biologically different from the rest of us. . . . [Raine] has the research at his fingertips—not surprising, since he carried out much [...]

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Announcing Penn CNS’ new blog, “Mind the Gap”

Announcing Penn CNS' Student Blog, 'Mind the Gap' Written by CNS Research Assistant Elena Gooray, Mind the Gap adds to the conversation around neuroscience with weekly updates on CNS events, in-depth looks at relevant research, and article recommendations for anyone who wants to know more about the way brain science is changing [...]

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The MacArthur Foundation establishes new Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

The MacArthur Foundation will continue its support of neurolaw by establishing a new Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.  Penn CNS faculty Morse and Farah are among the 12 members including law professors, neuroscientists, a philosopher and a judge.  The network's main goals are to help the legal system avoid misuse [...]

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1st Annual GVR Khodadad Endowed Lecture: Prosocial Primates: Selfish and Unselfish Motives

1st Annual GVR Khodadad Endowed Lecture Prosocial Primates: Selfish and Unselfish Motives with Frans de Waal, PhD, Emory University and Director of Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center Wednesday, October 24, 4:30 p.m. Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (3417 Spruce St) Dr. de Waal will discuss how empathy comes naturally to [...]

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Neuroscience on Capital Hill

CNS Director Martha Farah offers a neurological perspective on the effects of poverty on the developing brain at a recent Capitol Hill briefing co-sponsored by AAAS and the Dana Foundation. To read more about the event and watch the highlights of her presentation, follow this link.

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Coming on Coursera: Neuroethics Taught by Jonathan Moreno

Coursera, the new online consortium that brings free education to hundreds of thousands of students worldwide, will offer a course on Neuroethics taught by Penn CNS's own Jonathan Moreno. Watch this course preview video, then sign up here.

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Martha Farah presents to the National Institutes of Health Director’s Lecture Series

CNS Director Martha Farah presented "Twenty-first Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School and Office," for the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on May 2, 2012. To view the lecture, please visit

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Biomarkers Unbound — The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Diagnostic-Test Patents

Jason Karlawish argues for the advantages of public ownership and public-private partnerships for the development of biomarkers in his new NEJM piece "Biomarkers Unbound." Penn faculty have been pioneers in the development of predictive biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease.

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Jonathan Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee

CNS faculty member Jonathan Moreno has been invited to join UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee. UNESCO’s mission is to encourage peace and security through the promotion of education and international collaboration. In the field of bioethics, the organization has become a leading forum for trans-disciplinary and multicultural debate and reflection on advancement in [...]

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Drs. Diana Robertson and Roy Hamilton Join CNS Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Drs. Diana Robertson and Roy Hamilton have joined the faculty of the Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society. Diana Robertson, PhD, is Joseph Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility in Business and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School.  Dr. Robertson's research [...]

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Announcing the Neuroethics OER

Anouncing the release of the Neuroethics Open Education Resource The Neuroethics Open Educational Resource is a free resource developed from materials used in Penn's Neuroethics Learning Collaborative.  The new Neuroethics OER offers lectures, readings and other content covering a number of key topics in neuroethics.  The Neuroethics OER consists of 9 [...]

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Critical acclaim for Martha Farah’s Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings

Critical acclaim for Martha Farah's Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings "It is clearly the best introduction to the field … and an essential resource for anyone interested in a wide range of conceptual and practical issues associated with neuroscience and our ability to monitor and manipulate the brain.” – Walter Glannon [...]

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Penn CNS faculty member joins IOM Neuroscience Forum

The Institute of Medicine's Neuroscience Forum brings together leading researchers, policymakers and stakeholders to identify and address important new issues concerning the brain.  Penn's own Jonathan Moreno, the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Medical Ethics and the History and Sociology of Science, has been tapped to bring his [...]

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William Safire, 1929-2009

The Center for Neuroscience & Society joins neuroethicists around the world in mourning the passing of William Safire, whose vision, leadership and generosity helped establish the field of neuroethics.

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Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania Announces Panel of Advisors

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Neuroscience & Society, a cross-disciplinary center focused on understanding and communicating the impact of neuroscience on society, has named its initial board of advisors. The board includes a Nobel laureate, the editor-in-chief of an international science journal, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and [...]

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