EVENT: Neuroethics Seminar: Two Lectures in Neuroethics

5.30 p.m. – 6.40 p.m. Monday 27 February
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St

The session will comprise two brief lectures with q and a:

Prof. Neil  Levy
Resource depletion: the duration of impairment
Neil Levy is Deputy Director (Research) of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, and Head of Neuroethics at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, University of Melbourne.

This talk reports recent experimental work on the depletion of the cognitive resources involved in self-control. Previous work used crude measures of depletion, which made it difficult to disentangle capacity and motivation to exercise self-control. We used better controlled tasks to measure depletion. We generated several novel results. First, we found that susceptibility to depletion is apparently dependent on cognitive ability. Second, we found (contrary to the claims of Baumeister) that recovery from depletion does not depend on rest or glucose. We also found that there was a cost in switching between types of operation on the depletion task, which predicted a significant proportion of the depletion on the performance task.

Dr. Molly Crockett
Towards a science of moral enhancement: insights from neuroscience and behavioral economics
Molly Crockett studies the neurobiology of morality and altruism, collaborating with economists at the University of Zürich and neuroscientists at University College London as a Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellow.


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One Response to EVENT: Neuroethics Seminar: Two Lectures in Neuroethics

  • Tiffany Fabela says:

    Hello my name is Tiffany Fablea. I am currently a student at Remington College. Right now were are learning about the brain and my assignment is to debate on neuroethics. I have to be against it. I was wondering if you could tell me exactly what this is. I have done some research, but I am still not understanding it. Thank you very much.