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PSYC 3391 Ethical Controversies in Psychology & Neuroscience (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Can fMRI machines really "see" your thoughts? Should our brains or our free will be held responsible for our behavior? Should psychotropic drugs be used for neural enhancement, or only to treat illness? Psychology and neuroscience raise a host of ethical controversies--from claims to peer into the privacy of the mind, to applications in the courtroom, to treatment of experimental subjects. Rather than determining the "right" answers, this course explores the scientific, political, social, moral, and religious values these debates involve. Readings include works by scientists, philosophers, historians, theologians, and ethicists. Students enact the roles of stakeholders in in-class debates.


Instructor(s): Nadine Weidman

Prerequisites: A 2000-level Psychology elective or permission of the instructor

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Last Updated: 25-Feb-14