Neuroscience in the Social Sciences

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Society develops and operates based on countless decisions made by every one of its members. These decisions, in turn, are produced by the bundle of cells and chemicals we call the brain.

 

This simple assumption has inspired neuroscientists and psychologists to answer the questions plaguing social scientists and philosophers for centuries. The desire to understand these efforts, in turn, inspired the founders of this society.

 

We are proud to be what is perhaps the first student society in the UK or even the world dedicated to discussing the coming together of ideas from two highly distinct branches of knowledge, namely neuroscience and the social sciences. The LSE, with its long tradition of cutting edge applied social sciences is an institution well-placed like no other to accommodate that. 

 

Our aims are to promote discussion along some of the following avenues:

 

a) The challenge neuroscientific insights pose to traditional assumptions in economics and how to accommodate the two.

 

b) The impact of neural processes on political beliefs and behaviour.

 

c) How neuroscience affects legal cases and how discoveries must be regulated.

 

d) Advances in the philosophy of mind.

 

e) The ethics of bringing together neuroscience and social science in experiments and policy.

 

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