The Place of the Natural in Social Sciences
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
Dr David Parker
Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge