Neuroscience has provided valuable new insights into the mind and brain. Our ability to visualize the processes of thinking, feeling, learning and decision-making has revolutionized our understanding of the origins of complex human behavior. In parallel, our increased understanding has led to novel brain stimulation treatments that offer new hope for patients suffering from depression, Alzheimer's disease and a host of other neuropsychiatric illnesses. All of these technologic advances have moved neuroscience beyond the traditional boundaries of medicine. We can now see a person's mood state in their brain function; detect how people perceive someone from a different race; examine brain function during enjoyment of art and music; and, alter and potentially enhance, the function of the brain. As a result, neuroscience discoveries now have implications for the arts, education, philosophy and public policy. This is a critical time to begin addressing questions, such as:

  • Can observing the brain guide development of better teaching methods?
  • Is there a neural basis for prejudice?
  • Can an understanding of the brain lead to better social or economic policy?
  • What are the ethical implications of stimulating the brain to treat disease and potentially enhance human performance?

The Luskin Neuroscience and Society Conference will bring together faculty experts from the fields of psychiatry, law, neurology, education, psychology, business, musicology and economics to examine the broad implications of neuroscience advances, not only for medicine, but also for society as a whole. This transdisciplinary gathering of scholars will present the latest scientific advances in a unique conference format designed to stimulate discussions on the influence of neuroscience on society now and in the future. The results of the discussions among the faculty and audience will shape a multi-day conference to be held in fall 2016 at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.

Conference made possible by a generous gift from Meyer and Renee Luskin

Presented by the UCLA Office of Professional and Community Education

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA

Conference chair: Andrew Leuchter M.D.