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What Does Neuroscience Tell Us About Ethics?
22 Feb 2021 @ 18:30 - 20:30 AEDT
In this Philosophy Matters session, Usha Sista will talk about what neuroscience tells us about ethics – what goes on in the human brain when presented with ethical dilemmas and how that informs our understanding of ourselves.
In the session, Usha will:
1. provide a brief overview of the field of neuroethics and its relationship with philosophy, psychology and law.
2. give a summary snapshot of the human brain – its major structural features and their functional roles.
3. present specific empirical neuroscientific findings on certain commonly known ethical conundrums – for example, the famous trolley problem and its variants.
4. present two examples of neuroethics in the practical world – criminal behaviour and the courtroom.
Bio: Usha Sista is a learning and development professional. She has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Masters in English as well as Molecular Biotechnology. Some of her key areas of interest are neurobiology of well-being and the behavioural and neurobiological underpinnings of deviant behaviour. She is a voracious reader and also paints and dabbles with photography and filmmaking. Usha is contemplating on establishing a literary magazine. She is also crafting the details of her newly established consulting venture.