Funding for Neuroethics at Georgia State

A group led by the Department of Philosophy has been awarded $300,000 in funding to hire three new faculty members who will strengthen Georgia State’s research in the cutting edge field of neuroethics. The participating units are Philosophy, the Neuroscience Institute, the Department of Psychology, and the College of Law. Dr. Nicole Vincent is the first of these hires.

Neuroethicists consider how ethical theories inform neuroscientific practice and how neuroscientific discoveries inform ethical theorizing. Some researchers in neuroethics address the implications of brain scanning technologies now being used for lie detection, marketing, and predicting future behavior. Others focus on questions regarding brain science and the law, e.g., whether brain scans violate the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. Still others study the neuropsychological processes that underlie moral cognition and behavior, e.g., the role of emotion in moral reasoning and the role of neurobiological deficits in criminal behavior. Neuroethicists also consider the impact of neuroscientific discoveries on debates about ethics and moral psychology. For instance, does modern neuroscience threaten our conceptions of self, free will, or moral responsibility?

This funding will allow Georgia State University to take a leading role in the advancement of human knowledge in this vital new domain.

Georgia State’s Second Century Initiative (2CI) seeks to build internationally recognized scholarly strength around common research themes that have national significance. Interdisciplinary groups compete for 2CI funding.