STS.010 Neuroscience and Society


Class Info

Explores social relevance of neuroscience, considering how emerging areas of brain research reflect and reshape social attitudes and agendas. Topics include brain imaging and popular media; neuroscience of empathy, trust, and moral reasoning; new fields of neuroeconomics and neuromarketing; ethical implications of neurotechnologies such as cognitive enhancement pharmaceuticals; neuroscience in the courtroom; and neuroscientific recasting of social problems such as addiction and violence. Guest lectures by neuroscientists, class discussion, and weekly readings in neuroscience, popular media, and science studies.

This class has no prerequisites.

STS.010 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by N. Schüll.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S. This class counts as a CI-H.

In the Fall 2014 Subject Evaluations, STS.010 was rated 3.4 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Neuroscience and Society site.

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