October 17, 2012

Martha Farah - "Twenty-First Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School and Office"

Until recently advances in brain science have fallen into one of two categories: basic science and applied medical science. In the past few years a new category of advance has emerged: neuroscience applied to nonmedical problems, from fields as diverse as business, law, education and warfare. Dr. Farah will present possible reasons for this change in the landscape of neuroscience R & D, review some illustrative examples, and discuss some of the ethical, legal and societal implications of nonmedical applied neuroscience.

Martha Farah is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and founding Director of Penn's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Her current research focuses on the effects of childhood poverty on brain development, and ethical issues emerging from advances in the neuroscience of cognition and emotion. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and 6 books, including Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings to be published by MIT Press.

The luncheon will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. Cost and University Club details.