PsiChiBrainThe graduate specialization in Neuroethics (anticipated 2017) educates graduate students in how ethical theories inform neuroscientific research and practice and, in turn, how neuroscientific discoveries inform ethical theorizing. With a highly interdisciplinary focus, this specialization will expose students to a wide range of approaches and applications that bridge philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, legal studies, and other fields of study. The specialization prepares students for employment in academic research, public policy, and public health. Students may engage in several topics including:

  • Development of ethical protocols for the proper conduct of neuroscientific and psychological research, such as research involving cognitive enhancement or direct brain intervention.
  • The implications of brain scanning technology with respect to lie detection, marketing, and the prediction of future behavior.
  • Legal discourse on the role of neuroscientific and biopsychosocial information in judicial decisions about criminal guilt and punishment.
  • Moral psychology, including the role of emotions in moral reasoning, the neuroscience of addiction, and the role of neurobiological deficits in immoral and criminal behavior.

This specialization is intended for students enrolled in a Department of Psychology program area but with supplemental interests in neuroscience and philosophy. Admission and supervision will be managed by Psychology, Philosophy, and the Neuroscience Institute in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Psychology. Coursework will be available through all participating departments and institutes. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in activities of the Philosophy Department’s Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center of Ethics and Neurophilosophy Forum, the Neuroscience Institute’s Brains & Behavior program, School of Public Health, College of Law, and other interdisciplinary Georgia State programs.

Example courses include:

  • PHIL 6780 Neuroethics
  • PHIL 6790 Topics in Neuroethics
  • PHIL 8720 Seminar in Neuroethics
  • PHIL 6130 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 6330 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 6340 Philosophy and Cog Science
  • PHIL 6700 Ethics
  • PHIL 6740 Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 6770 Moral Psychology

Related certificates and programs at Georgia State:  Graduate Certificate in Public Health