CCN

Who we are

The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics (CCN) is a joint venture between the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint and the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience (IINN). CCN supports interdisciplinary research with the conviction that the skills and knowledge that scholars from different disciplines bring to a partnership enrich and inform the others, creating unique, synergistic research that would not be possible in an isolated disciplinary environment.

What we do

CCN promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the careful study of the legal, political, social and ethical implications of their advances. We are committed to breaking down barriers that exist not only between scholarly disciplines but that surround professions. We support research activities across multiple fields and professions by creating, fostering, and supporting collaborations and communication across student and professional spheres.

Dissemination of CCN’s research is an essential part of our mission. All CCN-published work is available online, open access. We thereby ensure that anyone in the world interested in knowing more about our research projects can have access. From opening doors for students to advancing careers of professionals, from working with local clinicians to collaborating with scholars around the world, our student seminars, academic conferences, and professional publications have set in motion events that will have long-lasting and valuable impact.

Our mission

  • To inspire students and professionals to examine, challenge and transform ideas;
  • To provide necessary research spaces and resources;
  • To provide the point of interaction to create opportunities for connections, collaborations and partnerships;
  • To connect sympathetic scholars, lawmakers, clinicians, researchers and professionals throughout the world.

Our culture

Underlying all CCN operations is one simple question: is there a better way? From conferences to publications and from administration to technology, we seek out and implement better approaches to help us achieve CCN’s goals efficiently and to optimally support the efforts of our project partners.

Our priorities


Rethinking Autism
CCN is committed to the idea that every autistic individual both needs and has a life-long right to educational opportunities optimally designed; we want to arm autistic individuals and their loved ones with knowledge of and access to optimal educational policies and procedures that work most effectively.

Cognitive Intervention
Brain-related injuries, illnesses, and diseases pose multifaceted problems that require the expertise of a range of disciplines. We provide a unique opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists, clinicians, and ethicists on the design of effective therapeutic interventions that are ethically and scientifically well-informed.

Belief and Responsibility
We explore how what we believe and how we come to believe it affects what is morally required of us. CCN brings together experts from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and ethics to explore the complex relationship between the information available to us and the predictable consequences of our choices.

Free Will, Neuroscience and the Law
The progress of neuroscience has raised difficult questions about the extent to which our actions are freely chosen. These questions cannot help but pose significant challenges to how the justice system assignments legal responsibility. CCN draws on philosophical and clinical expertise to navigate this important new terrain.

Belief and the Internet
The increasing presence of internet-enabled devices in our lives has changed the way we relate to our surroundings, our society, and our fellow citizens. CCN examines and debates the broader consequences of the neurological and psychological effects of a life increasingly lived online. Our particular focus pursues a unique, multidisciplinary approach to problems posed by the internet for educators.

Events

The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics (CCN) promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the careful study of the legal, political, social and ethical implications of their advances. We are committed to breaking down barriers that exist not only between scholarly disciplines but that surround professions. We support research activities across multiple fields and professions by creating, fostering, and supporting collaborations and communication across student and professional spheres. Dissemination of CCN’s research is an essential part of our mission. All CCN-published work is available online, open access. We thereby ensure that anyone in the world interested in knowing more about our research projects can have access. From opening doors for students to advancing careers of professionals, from working with local clinicians to collaborating with scholars around the world, our student seminars, academic conferences, and professional publications have set in motion events that will have long-lasting and valuable impact.

To advance a deeper and richer understanding of recent research in the neurosciences, CCN proudly hosts several conferences at the undergraduate and professional level every year. These conferences showcase research addressing the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and related disciplines, as well as the legal, political and ethical implications of that research. CCN invites contributors from these conferences to publish their work in our peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Professional Conferences



Consciousness Conference
16–17 October 2015

Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction
8–9 April 2016


Archives

Neurotherapeutics and Psychosurgery
May 22, 2015

The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction
March 20, 2015

Free Will
October 10–11, 2014

Reason, Reasons and Reasoning
October 11–12, 2013



Workshops & Summer Seminars



Student Conferences



2016 Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
19 February 2016


Archives

2015 MUPC
February 20, 2015

2014 MUPC
February 21, 2014

2013 MUPC
March 16, 2013

IINN Conference Space

IINN Conference Space

IINN Conference Space

IINN Conference Space

Publications

CCN supports and manages the production of several publications. The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is a professional, peer-reviewed journal. Philosophical Profiles, a publication under the aegis of JCN, showcases interviews with contemporary philosophers whose current work make significant contributions to conversations concerning the multitude of issues surrounding cognition and neuroethics. Compos Mentis is a student managed undergraduate journal featuring student articles. CCN publications are open access, which means that there are neither fees for an author to publish their work nor fees for a reader to have full access to it. By committing to an online, open access journal format, CCN’s journals have a significantly wider reach than traditional pay-wall journals.

Journals are a critical tool for facilitating the growth of knowledge. What we have done at CCN is create a truly unique forum for world-class interdisciplinary research on some of today’s most important and complex questions. No single area of expertise is capable of addressing these issues effectively. The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics allows scholars from different disciplines to communicate across disciplinary and departmental boundaries, and gives scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars a forum for progressive research and debate on our most daunting social and ethical problems.

Student Research

community engagement through coursework

 

Personnel

Jawad A. Shah
Jami L. Anderson
Selected



Simon Cushing
Bénédicte Veillet



Stevens Wandmacher
Zea Miller

Jami L. Anderson, Ph.D.

CCN Co-Director and Advisory Board Member
Associate Professor, University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Department
anderson@cognethic.org

My research and much of my teaching has concerned disability; specifically, I address how legal and social policies affect individuals with impairments and disabilities. I presented "Consent, Sexual Desire and Autism" the the American Philosophical Associations Pacific Division in April 2015. This talk and other talks I have presented recently have grown out of earlier work I did while putting together the book The Philosophy of Autism. My research is always strongly informed by, and is often a reaction to, work within other academic disciplines including law, particularly critical legal students, psychology, feminism, critical race theory and disability studies.

Contact


Regarding events and publications,
please contact:

Dr. Jami Anderson
anderson@cognethic.org

Regarding the website and technical issues,
please contact:

Zea Miller
miller@cognethic.org

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If you are interested in working with CCN, please fill out the following form, print it, and send it to us. We will then contact you if we believe a collaborative project will be feasible. If you have any questions, please contact us.

  CCN Project Proposal Form

Gifts

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UMF

University of Michigan-Flint
Philosophy Department

544 French Hall
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48502

IINN

Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
4800 South Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan 48507

Center for Cognition and Neuroethics