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Assistant Professor of NeurologyGeoffrey K. Aguirre
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Dr. Aguirre has developed image analysis methods used in neuroscience labs around the world. His interest in the design, analysis and interpretation of brain imaging studies has recently led him to focus on the ways in which neuroimaging is used, and misused, in a variety of different societal contexts.

Representative Publication:
Aguirre, G. (2008).
"The Political Brain" Cerebrum. Published online on September 12, 2008


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Anjan Chatterjee
Professor of Neurology
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Dr. Chatterjee is a cognitive neurologist whose work encompasses the societal and ethical implications of brain enhancement. A related interest is the role of physicians as healers versus lifestyle enhancers.

Representative Publication:
Chatterjee, A. 2004. Cosmetic neurology: the controversy over enhancing movement, mentation, and mood. Neurology 63 (6), 968-974.

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R.DeRubeisSamuel H. Preston Term Professor in the Social Sciences and Chair of the Department of Psychology
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Dr. DeRubeis' research focuses on depression and its treatment.  Along with his students and collaborators, he aims to identify the mechanisms whereby cognitive therapy or medication therapy work to combat depression and prevent its return.

Representative Publication:
DeRubeis, R. J., Siegle G. J., & Hollon, S. D. (2008). Cognitive therapy versus medication for
depression: Treatment outcomes and neural mechanisms. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9,
788-796.

Martha J. Farah
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences
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Dr. Farah is interested in a variety of social, legal and ethical issues in neuroscience, including practical issues arising from brain enhancement and brain imaging, and philosophical issues related to personhood and the mind-body problem.

Representative Publication:
Farah, M.J. (2005). Neuroethics: The practical and the philosophical. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 34-40.

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Associate Professor, Annenberg School of CommunicationEmily Falk Headshot

Dr. Falk uses the concepts and methods of neuroscience, psychology and communication science to understand how we are affected by media. She is particularly concerned with communication aimed at changing health behavior and the potential of functional brain imaging to better predict behavior and behavior change in response to health campaigns.

Representative publication:

Berkman, E.T., & *Falk, E.B. (2013). Beyond brain mapping: Using the brain to predict real-world outcomes. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 22(1), 45-50.

Kenneth R. Foster

 

Professor of Bioengineering and Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering
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Dr. Foster is a professor of bioengineering whose varied interests include the social and ethical impact of neurotechnologies, including neural prostheses and brain imaging. He also teaches the "Ethics for Engineers" course at Penn.

Representative Publication:

Foster, K.R. (2006). "Engineering the brain." In Illes, J (Ed.) Neuroethics: Defining the issues in theory, practice and policy. Oxford University Press.

Geoff Goodwin
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Goodwin studies the psychology of moral reasoning, including the ways in which people think about, and judge the morality of, brain enhancements. His current research focuses on why people resist neuro-enhancement technologies that improve psychological functioning, and focuses particularly on people's conceptions of the self and the causal assumptions they make regarding their behavior.

Representative Publication:

Riis, J., Simmons, J. P., & Goodwin, G. P. (2008). Preferences for psychological enhancements. Journal of Consumer Research, 35, 495-508.


Assistant Professor of NeurologyR.Hamilton This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

As the director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at Penn, Dr. Hamilton studies neural plasticity and recovery of function in neurological patients using magnetic and electrical brain stimulation techniques, and also investigates the effects of brain stimulation     in normal healthy individuals. He is also strongly committed to enhancing the education and advancement of underserved and underrepresented groups in neurology, neuroscience, and medicine, and directs a variety of initiatives serving the needs of these populations.

Representative Publication:

Hamilton R, Messing S, Chatterjee A. (2011). Rethinking the thinking cap: ethics of neural enhancement using noninvasive brain stimulation. Neurology, 76(2):187-93.

 Baird Term Assistant Professor of Psychology This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Joseph Kable studies the underlying neural and psychological mechanisms of how people make decisions. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating ideas and theories from diverse fields such as social and cognitive neuroscience, experimental economics, and personality psychology.  Kable’s other interests include the individual differences in decision making, deviations in rational choice theory, and neural internalization of value. Joseph Kable

Representative Publication:

Guire, J. T., & Kable, J. W. (2013). Rational temporal predictions can underlie apparent failures to delay gratification. Psychological Review, 120 (2), 395-410. doi:10.1037/a0031910

 

 

J.Karlawish

Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics

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Dr. Karlawish's research concerns the ethical, legal and social issues that arise in the lives of persons with cognitive impairment from diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsons disease, and mild cognitive impairment. His work has examined questions such as how does one evaluate patients’ quality of life or competence to make decisions about treatment or research participation when the disease in question affects cognition and what accommodations should society provide to facilitate voting by older adults with cognitive impairment.

Representative Publication:

Karlawish JH. Bonnie RJ. Appelbaum PS. Lyketsos C. James B. Knopman D. Patusky C. Kane RA. Karlan PS. Addressing the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by voting by persons with dementia. JAMA. 292(11):1345-50, 2004 Sep 15.

Daniel Langleben
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
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Dr. Langleben studies the neural correlates of deception, drug craving, and the effects of advertizing, as well as the social and ethical issues raised by our growing ability to image these processes.

Representative Publication:
Langleben DD, Loughead JW, Bilker WB, Ruparel K, Childress AR, Busch SI, Gur RC. Telling truth from lie in individual subjects with fast event-related fMRI (PDF file). Hum Brain Mapp. 2005 Dec;26(4):262-72.

Jonathan D. Moreno
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor and Professor of Biomedical Ethics and History and Sociology of Science
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Dr. Moreno’s current interests include the role of neuroscience in the military and ethical issues concerning human-animal neural stem cell chimera.

Representative Publication:
Moreno, J.D. (2006) Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense. Dana Press.


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Stephen J. Morse
Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law;
Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry
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Dr. Morse works on problems of legal and moral responsibility and their compatibility with the materialist worldview of neuroscience. He is interested in the roles of neuroscience and behavioral science in explaining and excusing antisocial and criminal behavior.

Representative Publication:
Morse, S.J. Brain Overclaim Syndrome and Criminal Responsibility: A Diagnostic Note, 3 OHIO ST. J. CRIM. L. 397 (2006).

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A.RaineRichard Perry University Professor
Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology
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Dr. Raine studies the biological bases of antisocial and violent behavior, including the neural bases of violent aggression and the role of neuroscience in understanding and treating such behavior in criminal offenders.

Representative Publication:
Raine, A. and Yang, Y. (2006). Neural foundations to moral reasoning and antisocial behavior. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience 1 203-213.


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Joseph Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility in Business
Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
D.Robertson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Robertson's research focuses on the field of business ethics.  One stream of inquiry is neuroscience research on the cognitive processes underlying ethical decision-making.

Representative Publication:
Robertson, D., Snarey, J., Ousley, O., Harenski, K,. DuBois Bowman, F., Gilkey, R & Kilts, C.  (2007).  The neural processing of moral sensitivity to issues of justice and care.  Neuropsychologia, 45, 755-766.

Anthony RostainProfessor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Dr. Rostain's clinical and research work is focused on developmental neuropsychiatry, especially ADHD and Asperger's syndrome.   He also directs the Office of Education for the Department of Psychiatry at Penn.  Dr. Rostain has been active in addressing the growing trend toward nonmedical use of stimulants for cognitive enhancement, particularly among college students.

Representative Publication:

Rostain, A.L. (2006). Addressing the Misuse and Abuse of Stimulant Medications on College Campuses. Current Psychiatry Report, 8, 335-336.


Susan E. RushingAssistant Professor of Psychiatry
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Dr. Susan E. Rushing is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry where she also conducts research on neuro-imaging. She is the course director for forensic psychiatry in Penn's Psychiatry Residency program and lectures at Penn on topics in psychiatry and law, including medical decision-making capacity, laws regarding legally authorized representatives for incapacitated patients, doctor-patient relationships and confidentiality, the use of neuro-imaging data in court, medical ethics, and expert testimony.
Robert L SadoffClinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Dr. Sadoff is board certified in psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and legal medicine, and has added qualifications in forensic psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He is a prolific writer and has authored, edited, or co-authored 10 books, including Forensic Psychiatry: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Malpractice: Cases and Comments for Clinicians.

Representative Publication:
Sadoff, Robert L. Forensic Psychiatry: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Psychiatrists. Springfield, IL: C. Thomas, 1975.

J.TreschAssistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science
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Dr. Tresch is an historian of science and technology interested in the relationships between the human mind and technological world. He is currently working on an ethnographic study of the Mind and Life Institute, which applies the methods of western neuroscience to the understanding of Buddhist meditation.

Representative Publication:
Tresch, J. (2011). Experimental ethics and the science of the meditating brain. In F. Ortega & F. Vidal (Eds.), Neurocultures: Glimpses into an expanding universe (pp. 49-68). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Amy Wax
Robert Mundheim Professor of Law
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Dr. Wax is a neurologist and lawyer, interested in biological and psychological constraints on socialization, development, social stratification, and gender-related behaviors at work and in families.

Representative Publication:

Wax, A (2004). Evolution and the Bounds of Human Nature, 23 (6) Law and Philosophy, 23(6): 527-591.

Senior Fellow, Department of Psychology

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Dr. Deena Skolnick Weisberg is interested in the development of imaginative cognition and scientific reasoning in children and adults. She is currently exploring the uses of playful imaginative cognition in developing future planning and the connection between imagination and scientific reasoning. Deena Weisberg

Representative Publication:

Weisberg DS, Keil FC, Goodstein J, Rawson E , Gray JR.The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations. J Cogn Neurosci. 2008 March ; 20(3): 470–477. doi:10.1162/jocn.2008.20040 .

 

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