2nd Workshop on Neuroenhancement and Ethics (1-2.2.2013, Bochum)


UPDATE 5.2.13: Conference Pictures

UPDATE 19.2.13: Videos of all the talks

Neuroenhancement as pharmacological modulation of neural processing, has attracted a lot of attention during the last decade. In particular, the possibility to improve certain aspects of our cognitive abilities has opened up a highly interdisciplinary discussion on the fundamental ethical and philosophical issues regarding the moral justification of enhancing.

This 2-day workshop at Ruhr-University Bochum brings together scholars from Philosophy, Medicine and Medical Ethics, Psychology, and Neuroscience to examine recent developments in the ethical evaluation of the topic, to exchange results on the prevalence of neuroenhancement among students and health care populations, and to discuss the neural effects of pharmacological enhancers on cognitive and moral processing.



Friday 1/2/2013
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13:00 Welcome & Small Lunch

14:00 - 14:45 Nicole Vincent (Delft/Macquarie), Nadira Faulmüller (Oxford), 
Filippo Santoni de Sio (Delft), & Hannah Maslen (Oxford),  Enhancing Responsibility.

14:45 - 15:30 Tom Douglas (Oxford), Neurointerventions as crime prevention.

15:30 Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:30 Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen), Enhancement, the Intellectualist Bias and Moral Agency.

16:30 - 17:15 Cynthia Forlini (Montreal), Is cognitive enhancement a personal choice? Perspectives from key stakeholders.

17.15 Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:15 Jan Schildmann (Bochum), Prevalence and attitudes to Neurenhancement among students: Results of a survey at the UAMR Universities.

19:00 Dinner


Saturday 2/2/2013
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09.30 - 10:15 Andreas Franke (Mainz), Pharmacological Neuroenhancement among Students and Healthcare Professionals.

10.15 - 11:00 Tanja Krones (Zürich), What they tell and what not: A methodical critique of socioempirical research on Neuroenhancement.

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 - 12:15 Mitul Mehta (London), How do neurocognitive enhancers work? Insights from neuropsychology and brain imaging.

12.15 - 13:00 Ulrich Müller (Cambridge), Cognitive enhancing effects of modafinil: what we know and what we don't know.

13.00 Lunch Break

13.45 - 14:30 Lars Kuchinke (Bochum), Neuroenhancement and Moral Processing.

14.30 - 15:15 Roshan Cools (Nijmegen), Who is helped and who is hurt by smartdrugs? Insights from cognitive neuroscience.

15.15 End


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This workshop is organised by the "Neuroenhancement and Morality" research group of the Global Young Faculty (Stiftung Mercator): Christian Bellebaum (Bochum), Radim Beranek (Bochum), Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen), Judith Hahn (Bochum), Lars Kuchinke (Bochum), Enno Middelberg (Bochum), Patrik Roser (Bochum), Jan Schildmann (Bochum), and Raphael van Riel (Bochum). Information on the 1st Workshop "Neuroenhancement und Moral" is here and here.