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Ethics and the Brain

For several decades now, neuroscientists have used technology to produce images of the brain in action. But what do such pictures tell us? Should they change the way we think about personal identity and free will? Can they reveal whether a person is capable of making moral decisions, or whether a person is telling the truth? If so, brain imaging technology seems to hold great promise for the criminal justice system. However, allowing brain scans to be used as evidence in trials for conviction or sentencing raises many questions about the nature of responsibility, the nature of fairness, and the public perception of science and technology.

The 2011 LSSP symposium, Ethics & the Brain, will bring to campus seven leading researchers from the fields of neuroscience, law, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and theology to discuss these issues.

The symposium will take place on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. It is free and open to the university community and the public and is designed to encourage dialogue across methodologies and backgrounds.

Videos provided to The Science Network by the University of Missouri.

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