Developmental Neuroethics: Neuroscience, Childhood and Society

Prof. Martha Farah, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Mississippi Room
Coffman Memorial Union

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Advances in the study of brain development, along with the growing demands that society places on children and adolescents, present us with a host of neuroethical issues. Prof. Farah will review the relevant scientific findings and their translation into clinical and educational practice, and offer an analysis of the ethical issues involved.




Donald Brunnquell, PhD, LP

University of Minnesota


Dana Ernest Johnson, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota












Martha Farah

Martha Farah grew up in New York City and went to college at MIT, where she earned undergraduate degrees in Metallurgy and Philosophy in 1977. She studied Experimental Psychology at Harvard, earning a Ph.D. in 1983 and going on to postdoctoral studies in Neuropsychology at MIT and the Boston VA Hospital. She has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Professor Farah's work spans many topics within cognitive neuroscience, including visual perception, attention, mental imagery, semantic memory, reading, prefrontal function, and most recently, neuroethics. Her publications include: Visual Agnosia, (MIT Press, 1990; 2nd edition, 2004), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision (Blackwell, 2000), and the edited volume: Patient-based Approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience (MIT Press, 1999; 2nd edition 2006). She is a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Early Career Contribution Award, the National Academy of Science's Troland Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her 10 year-old daughter and a Tibetan Terrier of unknown age.