Due date: Tuesday
but you may earn
credit for 50 points (10 bonus points)!
The objective of this assignment is to explore ethical
issues in neurosciences and to apply what you have learned in the class
toward developing your own "mental fitness" plan.
- YOUR ASSIGNMENT
SHOULD BE SUBMITED TYPED USING SINGLE
LINE SPACING .
- NUMBER ALL PAGES.
- INCLUDE THE LAST 4
DIGITS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF
ETHICAL ISSUES IN NEUROSCIENCES (20 points)
- ANIMALS AND HUMANS IN
RESEARCH 10 points
- Read ONE
of the following
chapters in Scientific Integrity by Macrina, on reserve in
- Submit a 1-2
paragraph write-up of the case studies.
- I urge you to discuss the case
studies with other
students before submitting your answer.
- Ch 5 Use
of Humans in Experimentation case studies
- Ch 6 Use
of Animals in Biomedical Experimentation case studies 6.12
- NEUROSCIENCE AND ETHICS 10 points
- Prepare an essay
summarizes your position on the views expounded in the
articles. Essays should be 1-2 pages in length and should
include the following:
- What ethical
themes are raised by the articles?
- What concerns do
you have about this research?
- Do you believe
the neuroscience research mentioned in the articles can lead to
dehumanization and loss of autonomy? Why or why not?
- Would you
volunteer to be part of the studies mentioned in the articles?
Why or why not?
- Would you wish
to be a researcher in the studies mentioned in the articles? Why
or why not?
MENTAL FITNESS PLAN (20 points)
- Prepare an essay that
summarizes your personal mental fitness plan. Essays should
be 1-2 pages in length and should include the following:
- What you
consider mental fitness based on what you have learned or read about
brain function and neural processing
that would promote the mental fitness that you wish to have well into
C. (BONUS 10 points)
- Prepare a 1-2 page essay that summarizes your
position on the use of animals in
research and include the following in your discussion
- Your personal
position on use of animals in neuroscience research
- Your opinion
about the present guidelines
- Pros and cons
using animals in research
- What are the
strengths and limitaions of animal models for studies of the nervous
- What are the
strengths and limitations of non-animal models (plants, bacteria,
yeast) for studies of the nervous system?