Research into neuroscience is rapidly shaping how people understand how the brain and mind work. The research has also changed how people understand social behavior, memory, learning, decision-making, trauma as well as the sense of identity. The new information has practical direct applications for nurses, mediators, life-coaches and other professionals.
After releasing about $100 million to the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative in 2013, the then U.S. president Barrack Obama called together a special meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the moral ramifications of brain science. The meet raised some big questions on how neuroscience is likely to influence human lives.
Can You Use Neuroscience as a Lie Detector or to Read Emotional States?
Lie detection brings forth social, ethical and legal questions as the Defense Department shows an interest in neuroscience to move away from the polygraph as a lie detection method. In addition, an MIT study proved that neuroscience can be used for contacting quadriplegics. In court, mind reading will likely make it into the law courts especially for reading minds when it comes to disability claims.
Will Neuroscience be Used in Medical Care?
One of the things that are driving up the funding into neuroscience is not to study something that interests neuroscientists, but a means of finding treatments for diseases – for example, Parkinson. However, questions need to be answered when it comes to claims that there are treatments that can cure or avert diseases like opiate addiction. As the basic medical knowledge improves, there will be a drive towards understanding cures for Parkinson and Alzheimer.
Will Neuroscience be Used to Predict People’s Behaviors?
More research dollars are going into understanding whether people will get Alzheimer’s in future. The possible implications for many families are likely going to be far-reaching in terms of treatment and early intervention. What about crime?
Will it be possible for the brain to indicate whether an individual is more likely to commit a crime or is there a possibility of them repeating a crime after their release from jail? Will it be possible to carry out a brain scan in every criminal case?
The most likely scenario is that brain scans will be used to get evidence for criminal cases. However, if neuroscience will be used to predict the possibility of committing a crime after release, the result will be increased efforts in preventive therapy.
Can Neuroscience be Used to Determine if People have Free Will?
There are neuroscientists who are convinced that the science is likely going to make the court system go away. Neuroscience may even go as far as proving that humans do not have total free will and that they cannot be held responsible for what they do. Lawyers are likely not going to believe that this will be a possibility.
In fact, there is a story of how one man was suddenly interested in pornography before moving on to child pornography and groping his 12-year-old stepdaughter. During sentencing, it was found that he had a brain tumor that was affecting his cognition and judgment. After removal of the tumor – two times – the impulses that lead to his crimes want away, and he was never arrested again.
Can Neuroscience be Used to Improve Your Capabilities?
Most likely, you have heard about kids using Ritalin or Adderall nootropics for a brain boost. In most cases, the users of the smart drugs testify that they do work with several online resources like Corpina exploring the use these drugs. So much has already been done in terms of Alzheimer’s and improving memory.
Overall, neuroscience will raise questions, as you would expect when it comes to any technology. However, these questions are important considering how significant the brain is to humans. It is critical to focus on whether the technology works and what next to do before it is too late.
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