Opportunity for grad students interested in neuroscience & society

The Center for Neuroscience & Society has established an Undergraduate Fellows Program, in which a small group of highly motivated juniors and seniors explore the interface of neuroscience and society through reading, discussing, attending talks [...]

May 3rd, 2018|Categories: CNS News|

Eric Kandel on his life in neuroscience and the arts

Join us on April 17 when Eric Kandel speaks about his life, from his Jewish roots in Vienna to his Nobel Prize winning neuroscience research in the US, with reflections on the relation between science [...]

March 29th, 2018|Categories: CNS News|

Lunch with Mike Gazzaniga CANCELED due to weather.

Watch for an announcement of a rescheduled visit in the fall!

March 20th, 2018|Categories: CNS News, Uncategorized|

Spring 2018 Public Talks on “Brain Development and Society”

Reminding you about the exciting talk line-up, and announcing the talk locations!  Come hear the best-selling author of NeuroTribes, along with scientists speaking on genetic and environmental effects on brain development and controversies on autism.  [...]

January 12th, 2018|Categories: CNS News|

Allyson Mackey receives APS award!

The Association for Psychological Science has named our own Professor Mackey a “Rising Star” for her work on early experience and brain development.  You can hear about her fascinating and important work at the final [...]

January 2nd, 2018|Categories: CNS News|

Critical Analysis of fMRI – suicide prediction

CNS Associate Directors, Geoff Aguirre and Stephen Morse, led a fascinating seminar today on Critical Analysis of fMRI.  A large gathering of scholars discussed the new paper by Just et al (2017) and its findings [...]

December 12th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

Upcoming Event: Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) on-campus information session

Join the SCAN program team, current students and alumni for an on-campus information session on Monday, December 4. Click here for event details and RSVP link. Visit our SCAN website for more information.

November 9th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

The Neuroscience of Socioeconomic Status

In this new review, published in the journal Neuron, Dr. Farah explains the concept of socioeconomic status and its possible neural and behavioral correlates in the brain.  After summarizing the substantial body of work that [...]

October 10th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

NIH announces its latest call for neuroethics grant proposals

Part of NIH’s support for the BRAIN initiative has been devoted to working on the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience.  For the coming year, they have announced RFA-MH-18-500, aimed at supporting research on the [...]

August 25th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

CNS faculty team up to test brain training!

Joe Kable, Caryn Lerman and colleagues report the first randomized, controlled trial test of Lumosity brain training.  They found neither improved cognition nor enhanced brain activity.  Read their J of Neurosci article here and a good [...]

July 14th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

CNS announces new fellowship opportunities for undergrads!

The Center for Neuroscience & Society at Penn is seeking applications from rising Penn sophomores, juniors and seniors for its first class of CNS Undergraduate Fellows for 2017-18! Selected fellows will participate in a series [...]

April 12th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

Predicting Mens Rea with fMRI

Penn’s own Stephen Morse helped develop a novel method for discriminating criminal acts committed with knowledge versus recklessly, in collaboration with a team from the MacArthur Network on Law and Neuroscience.  Read it here:

March 27th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

PIK Professor Michael Platt joins CNS

PIK Professor Michael Platt, a social neuroscientist who has just joined the faculty of the CNS, spoke recently on the neuroscience of political forecasting with another Penn PIK professor, Barbara Mellers. See and hear more [...]

February 24th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

2017 SCAN Retreat Recap

Each year, the CNS hosts a half-day retreat for all current and past students in the SCAN program. The 3rd Annual SCAN Retreat took place earlier this February. Students and alumni came together for lunch, followed [...]

February 24th, 2017|Categories: CNS News|

The eloquent Jason Karlawish on Alzheimer’s and aging

Penn CNS faculty member Jason writes a blog for Forbes magazine – see his essays on aging, dementia, medicine and health policy here:

December 22nd, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

Two new SCAN electives will be offered Spring 2017

PSYC 557-301 Neuroscience, Ethics & Law, taught by Martha Farah, will explore how the neuroscience of decision-making and emotion impacts our understanding of ethics and the law. PSYC 449-301 Neuroscience for PolicyMakers, taught by Hilary [...]

December 5th, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

Neuroscience and music this Saturday, Dec 3

Penn’s own Mike Kaplan will provide the neuroscience, brilliant jazz guitarist Pat Martino and others the music…  According to Mike, Martino had "an impressive career in the sixties and seventies, almost died in 1980 when a [...]

November 29th, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

New Associate Director for Education at CNS

We are thrilled to announce a new position at the CNS, and a new person to fill it:  Dr. Hilary Gerstein comes to us from the Society for Neuroscience in DC, where she worked to [...]

October 3rd, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

NYT Op Ed on “DIY” Brain Stimulation

CNS Visiting Scholar Anna Wexler explained the phenomenon of DIY brain stimulation in Sunday’s New York Times. Her piece, called “Zapping Their Brains at Home,” also corrected the widespread assumption that DIY users are all [...]

July 25th, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

Visit the CNS!

The CNS has hosted visitors for periods ranging from a few weeks to a year.  Would you like to visit us too?  Starting in January of 2017 we will have beautiful new light-filled office space [...]

July 12th, 2016|Categories: CNS Events, CNS News|

Animal Research Neuroethics Workshop

In June, the Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society (CNS) and the Penn Center for Interaction of Animals and Society (CIAS) are hosting a two day workshop examining the unique ethical issues that arise in [...]

May 16th, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

Announcing NeuWrite Philadelphia!

A neurite is part of a neuron. NeuWrite is a group of serious amateur and professional science writers who work together developing their skills. Penn postdoc Anna Leshinskaya was a member of Boston’s NeuWrite community ( and is bringing the [...]

April 12th, 2016|Categories: CNS News|

Announcing Wharton’s first neuroscience course!

Professor Wes Hutchinson will teach "Consumer Neuroscience" this spring!  According to the syllabus, neuroscience and its applications to marketing and the development of brain-enhancing games and tools have undergone "explosive growth" and "been met with both excitement and skepticism."  The course [...]

November 6th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

In Science: “The Unknowns of Cognitive Enhancement”

In this week's Science, CNS Director Farah points out how little we know about the safety and efficacy of drugs and devices for cognitive enhancement, and asks whether science and policy can catch up with [...]

October 23rd, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

October 13th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

CNSers attending Neuroethics meeting!

The International Neuroethics Society meets in Chicago Oct 15-16. We'll be there!  Roy Hamilton, Adam Shriver, Anna Wexler and Rachel Wurzman will be presenting. Martha will be there soaking up all the interesting neuroethics news - check it out! [...]

September 8th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

Video posted of Harvard neurolaw conference, including CNS’s Martha Farah

See the video here:

July 20th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

Research position open: Ethical and Policy Challenges in Precision Medicine for the Brain

For more information and to apply, visit

May 13th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

Conference on the History of the Mind-Brain Sciences at Penn!

The Dept of the History and Sociology of Science will host a two-day meeting on neuroscience and its understanding of minds, brains and people, 1890-2015.  Participants are invited to address the social, philosophical, political, and ethical commitments associated with neuroscience [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

Anjan Chatterjee Keynote on “why we are surrounded by these mysterious objects that we call art.”

CNS faculty member Anjan Chatterjee will deliver the 2015 Keynote Address at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco on Saturday, March 28th. This talk will be free and open to the public, so you [...]

February 13th, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

January 23rd, 2015|Categories: CNS News|

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:

December 15th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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.

November 26th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

October 28th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

October 10th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

June 10th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|Tags: |

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 [...]

May 22nd, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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 - [...]

May 6th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

March 24th, 2014|Categories: CNS Events, CNS News|

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

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

February 10th, 2014|Categories: CNS in the Media, CNS News|

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 [...]

February 10th, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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. [...]

January 31st, 2014|Categories: CNS News|

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. . [...]

May 6th, 2013|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

November 5th, 2012|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

October 26th, 2012|Categories: CNS News|

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, [...]

October 12th, 2012|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

August 22nd, 2012|Categories: CNS News|

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.

July 27th, 2012|Categories: CNS News|

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

July 5th, 2012|Categories: CNS News|

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 [...]

June 27th, 2012|Categories: CNS News|