Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. Call for Papers

Deadline: April 1, 2014
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The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is a new twice-yearly, peer-reviewed, open access journal published online, aimed at the cross-fertilization of research in neuroscience and related medical fields with scholarship in more normative disciplines that focus on legal, social and ethical issues.

The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is committed to presenting wide ranging discussions. We are looking to publish works that explore ideas, concepts, theories and their implications across multiple disciplines and professions, including Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, the neurosciences, the pharmaceutical and medical sciences.

Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics.

Call for Papers

Vol. 2, No. 1 is an open issue. We welcome submissions on all topics relevant to Cognition and Neuroethics.

Articles should not exceed 20,000 words including footnotes and bibliography. For questions concerning submission requirements, see the Submission guidelines at

Dialogues provides a forum for the discussion of issues in Cognition and Neuroethics. We welcome authors working together and creating productive conversations to share those discussions here. Submissions for this section should be 4000 words or less.

Analysis offers an opportunity for short analyses (3000 words or less) of specific healthcare policy issues, acts of legislation (either already existing or proposed), court decisions, or other contemporary developments relevant to Cognition and Neuroethics.

Book Reviews are usually solicited; nonetheless we encourage authors to submit their books for consideration for review. We also invite authors to submit Review Essays which survey several works in a particular field. Books and inquiries should be directed to: JCN editor Jami L Anderson, Philosophy Department of University of Michigan-Flint, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 40502-1950;

New Faculty Position – National Core for Neuroethics


National Core for Neuroethics 

Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine University of British Columbia

The Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time academic position at the rank of Assistant Professor, without review to join the dynamic group of researchers in the National Core for Neuroethics. This is a full-time, term position for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out innovative empirical research in any area relevant to Neuroethics such as, but not limited to: neurotechnology such as neurogenetics neuroimaging, or stem cells; neurodegenerative disease; neurotoxicity and land, addiction and mental health; or, neuroscience policy, communication and knowledge translation. The research must consider and integrate crosscultural issues and perspectives. This position will enable and encourage the successful candidate to pursue independent funding, publish actively, have a presence at and provide leadership at relevant conferences, as well as mentor and supervise trainees. The successful candidate will also be expected to bring visibility to the Core and the Department of Medicine by hosting distinguished speakers and leading seminars.

Applicants with a PhD and background in basic or clinical neurosciences, biomedical ethics or other areas relevant to neuroscience and society are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will show demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and will be expected to participate in the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching activities of the Division, Department and the Core.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and the anticipated start date will be as early as July 1, 2014.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, a statement describing research interests and plans, and three (3) letters of reference addressing scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching and administration. Applications should be submitted no later than December 15, 2013 to the attention of:

Ms Yvonne Ng
UBC Division of Neurology
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Koerner S196 Phone: 604-822-7929

Brain Matters! Vancouver – Registration Now Open

March 12-14, 2014 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, BC.
Brain Matters! Vancouver is an exciting venue for scholars and members of the public to come together to explore the implications of brain science and social responsibility. Join us in expanding this conversation of relevance to all.
There will be THEMATIC SESSIONS that are designed to maximize interaction between speakers and the audience, and LIGHTNING TALKS to provide attendees with the opportunity to present their ideas.
Plan to attend by taking note of these dates
Submission of abstracts opens: JUNE 28, 2013
Submission of abstracts closes: AUGUST 30, 2013

Visiting Scholar Position in Dementia Knowledge Translation

The Education and Training theme of The Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network (CDKTN) project at UBC is seeking Visiting Scholars whose interests lie at the intersection of dementia and knowledge translation. The program funds 2-6 month fellowships for investigators, academic faculty and clinicians to conduct research, deliver other scholarly products such as case reviews and books, or produce innovative multimedia materials in dementia or knowledge translation research in Canada. This is an outstanding opportunity to participate in world class research in dementia KT and interact with high calibre scholars at the Neuroethics Core & the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders.

Applicants for these competitive fellowships must hold an MD and/or PhD degree. Scholars selected for the Vancouver-based program will receive both travel support and a monthly stipend. Openings are currently available and applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

To apply, please submit a short statement describing your interest in the scholarship and proposed project, a cover letter and CV c/o Janice Matautia:

Stem cell trial for spinal cord injuries halted: SCI individuals as lab rats?

The world’s first official trial for spinal cord injuries with embryonic stem cell-based products has been halted. Geron, the investigator company who received FDA approval for this study in 2009 and enrolled its first patient in 2010, announced on November 15 2011 that this trial would be discontinued with “immediate effect”.

Geron justified its decision on grounds of “capital scarcity and uncertain economic conditions” in its official press release. These concerns were reiterated in their webcast, which explained their steps along the lines of stakeholders’ interests: Geron had to keep the highest return for stakeholders in mind. The company suggested that the resources would now be used for advancing its in-house cancer trials (phase II).

Patient advocates were disappointed with the decision, particularly in relation to the motivations for the decision. Daniel Heumann was quoted by the Washington post as saying: “”I’m disgusted. It makes me sick. To get people’s hopes up and then do this for financial reasons is despicable. They’re treating us like lab rats.”” Continue reading

A home for experimental philosophy

I received this note from Mark Phelan, one of the driving forces behind the New Experimental Philosophy. If you are interested, by all means pop over there to participate in some experiments (or even better, design some of your own!!).

Thank you all for signing up to the email list for the experimental philosophy experiment site at Over the course of the last week, we have uploaded several new studies to the site and removed many of the old studies. We plan to make more additions over the course of the next week. I invite you to visit the site and participate in these new studies.

Perhaps even more importantly, I want to tell you about our long term goals for the site, and to enlist your help in accomplishing these goals. As many of you no doubt know, experimental philosophy is a new and developing field. In the first few years of the field, many studies were conducted in philosophy classrooms. Sadly, it’s possible that this may have resulted in biased samples, given the philosophical topics experimental philosophers are interested in. Recently, experimental philosophers have begun to run more and more studies online, which makes for a more diverse participant pool, but, given the current “pay-for-participants” resources (such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk), can be a real economic drain on philosophers’, who have not traditionally had large research budgets. Our hope in building this site is to design a resource where experimental philosophers can run studies online for free, taking advantage of a large pool of participants who are willing to give a little bit of their time to help advance philosophical research. If this turns out to be a successful model, we hope in the near future to open this resource up to all experimental philosophers.
We thank you for what you have already done to help build this site, by participating in online studies. We believe that the key to the success of this project is building an email list of participants to notify as new studies arise. By signing up for this list, you have already helped us do this. But now we would like to invite you to do something more to help the project. I am attaching to this email several logos we have designed for the website (found at the bottom of the post, and in the image at the top). I invite you to post these on your Facebook, Myspace, or (even) personal webpage, or to forward these through Twitter with a link to our website, at:
With your help, I believe we can grow this into the premier site for online research in experimental philosophy.
Mark Phelan
Lawrence University
Notice: Study responses remain completely anonymous and are never tied to your email address. These are collected and stored in different places.

Neurosociety Conference: podcasts and more

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) and the European Neuroscience and Society Network (ENSN) recently jointly organised an international conference at Oxford’s Saïd Business School on Neurosociety. The theme of the conference was the rise of the brain and the emergence of the brain industry or ‘neuro markets’. The aim was to explore how, why and in what ways the figure of the brain has come to permeate so many different areas of thinking and practice in academic and commercial life. What are the consequences for academia, business, commerce and policy?

They have now posted podcasts and slides for many of the talks here.

Speakers include:

  • Kelly Joyce (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA)
  • Sabine Maasen (University of Basel)
  • Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam)
  • Nikolas Rose (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Jonathan Rowson (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • Steve Woolgar (InSIS, Said Business School, Oxford)
  • Paul Wouters (Leiden University)

Divergent Thinking

Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms.

I won’t say much about it, except that it raises all kinds of issues about how the world that we live in, and in particular the educational system which engulfs us, is doing a bit of a disservice to us.  Manifest, of course, through our brains.

Watch and enjoy.