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:
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.