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

Cognitive Health and Well-Being
Cognitive Well-Being concerns both educational development as well as therapeutic responses after trauma. CCN is interested in supporting research addressing both. CCN is committed to the idea that everyone has a life-long right to educational opportunities optimally designed. We want to arm individuals and their loved ones with knowledge of and access to educational policies and procedures that work most effectively to provide a lifetime of creative, intellectual and artistic development. Brain-related injuries, illnesses, and disease pose multifaceted problems that require the expertise of a range of disciplines. CCN provides the opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists, clinicians, and ethicists on the design effective therapeutic interventions that are ethically and scientifically well-informed; CCN also is concerned with projects involving therapists, social workers and city planners to address and mitigate the social conditions that aggravate conditions that cause cognitive injury and developmental delays.

Neuroscience, Ethics and Public Policy
The progress of neuroscience has raised difficult questions about choice, free will and moral responsibility. We explore belief formation and action concerns moral and ethical responsibility, issues which in turn poses significant challenges to justifications for legal responsibility, state punishment and current penological practices ad policies. CCN brings together experts from philosophy, social and natural sciences, the law and policy planning to explore the complex relationship between what research is telling us about how humans work, and the assumptions founding social policy and law.

Ethical Urban Living Project
Social policies and legal institutions have a dramatic effect on the way we are able to live our lives, from quality of water, air and food issues, to employment, educational and cultural opportunities and experiences; from matters of public and private health, safety and security, to the expression of justice, liberty and freedom. Situated in Flint, MI, CCN takes seriously the role policy decisions, both historical and current, have dramatically shaped and controlled the lives of individuals living in urban settings. CCN brings together researchers, academics and scholars as well as therapists, clinicians, policy-makers and educators to discover and implement social policies that will realize fairer, more just, and more equitable opportunities for all who live together in modern urban environments.

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



Safe Spaces: Clean Water
11–12 November 2016

Health, Illness and Disease
2–3 March 2017



Archives

Ethics and the Brain
20-21 May 2016

Consciousness
16–17 October 2015

Neurotherapeutics and Psychosurgery
22 May 2015

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

Free Will
10–11 October 2014

Reason, Reasons and Reasoning
11–12 October 2013



Workshops & Summer Seminars



Student Conferences



2017 Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
17 February 2017



Archives

2016 MUPC
19 February 2016

2015 MUPC
20 February 2015

2014 MUPC
21 February 2014

2013 MUPC
16 March 2013

IINN Conference Space

IINN Conference Space

IINN Conference Space

IINN Conference Space

Publications

CCN supports and manages the production of several publications. Both the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics and Journal of Ethical Urban Living are professional, peer-reviewed journals. 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
Kelly Levinstein



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

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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