The Place of the Natural in Social Sciences

Dr David Parker
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The 1990's were declared the "decade of the brain" by the US congress. As the decade of the brain eneded, claims were made that neuroscience had matured to a stage where its discoveries could be applied to society. This includes legal, educational, and psychological aspects.
These claims have been made before, usually in association with the curing of psychiatric or psychological problems. Satisfying these claims will require a detailed understanding of the nervous system, and the way that its workings impact on normal and abnormal behaviours.
I propose a review article that discusses the extent to which our current knowledge allows neuroscientific principles to be applied to social aspects.

Keywords: Neuroscience, Cognition, Behaviour, Psychiatry, Education
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences, Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Neuroscience and Society

Dr David Parker

Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

I obtained a PhD in neurobiology from the Unversity of Cambridge in 1994. I am now a lecturer in the Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience. My research interests are in how networks of neurons interact with each other to generate specific fucntions, and how these interactions can be altered to alter network activity and behaviour.

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