Interactive Seminar

Day 1: Tuesday, 13 September


Neurotechnology: what are the implications for health and social sciences research?

Session convener: Mark Elliot, University of Manchester

The term Neurotechnology covers any device or system which interfaces directly with an organic (human) brain. Such technology can both monitor but also modulate neural functioning. Neurotech is envisaged by proponents as solutions for a range of health issues included sensory impairments, and interventions in conditions as diverse as epilepsy, strokes, ADHD and depression. But, Neurotechnology also throws up huge ethical and existential questions questions regarding what it is to be human? With the more extreme forms of invasive brain computer interfaces already being experimented the implications are potentially huge. Here we will discuss just one aspect of this what the implication are for studying humans as social and health scientists.