Neuroscience and Society: To Tell the Truth!

Elizabeth Loftus, Charles Dike, and Victoria Talwar

In the animal kingdom, humans have the unique distinction of being the species that tell lies, which researcher Victoria Talwar describes as “verbal statements made with the intention to deceive.” An emphasis is placed on the word “intention” because this is what distinguishes lies from other false statements, such as mistakes or sarcasm. During a Neuroscience & Society program held this week in conjunction with the International Neuroethics Society’s annual meeting, Talwar described her work on the development of understanding behind truth and lying in children. Fellow panelists Elizabeth Loftus focused on the malleability of human memory and how this affects honesty, while Charles Dike described the layers of many questions behind pathological liars and the distinctions this type of lying has from others.

One point all three speakers shared is that lying is a normal part of life; it follows stages of cognitive development and persists into adulthood. Adults tell an average of one lie a day, said Talwar and Dike.

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Neuroscientists Heading to San Diego This Week

 

sfn-2016We’re heading off to attend the Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Meeting, which starts on Saturday in San Diego. Some 30,000 neuroscientists and others will converge on San Diego Convention Center–a city’s worth of brain-lovers! Before SfN’s official start, we’ll be taking in the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society (INS), at San Diego’s Central Library. Stay tuned for posts and photos from both. Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to. Some events are open to the public, where noted.

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Discounted Registration for Neuroethics Annual Meeting

There’s only a few days left INS Logoto register for the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting at the discounted early-bird rate. After September 15, the price increases, so register by Monday!

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International Neuroethics Society 2014 Annual Meeting

Chelsea Ott, International Neuroethics Society Communications Manager, gives us the rundown on what to expect at this year’s International Neuroethics Society annual meeting in November in DC. Registration is open now.

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) at the beautiful American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) building on November 13th and 14th—right before the Society for Neuroscience Meeting. There is a remarkable line-up of speakers and captivating topics, so be sure to check out the full agenda on our website, www.neuroethissociety.org. In addition to the panels, there are networking opportunities during breakfast, lunch, and two receptions, as well as a working group dinner on the 13th.

Remember to register before September 15th for a discounted rate! Space is limited!

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International Neuroethics Society Registration

The following is a guest post written by Terrell Brotherton, International Neuroethics Society Administrator.

Early-bird registration for the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting is rapidly drawing to a close. Registering before the early-bird deadline of September 15 is encouraged, as it detracts a significant portion from registration costs. The international Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego from November 7-8, 2013. As the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting is being held in San Diego from November 9-13, this makes it easy to attend by simply coming a day or two early for SfN! Topics for this year’s meeting span a diverse range of neuroethical issues, from neurogaming to how neuroscience informs our understanding of criminality.

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