Neuroethics and Neuroscience -
Neuroética y Neurociencia
giovedì 30 agosto 2012
Today, I would like to present this interesting congress on Neuroplasticity. If you are interested in this neuroethics’ topic, I recommend you to read Sarah A. Raskin’s 2011 book titledNeuroplasticity and Rehabilitation.
Neuroplasticity or Brain plasticity is the focus of a growing body of research with significant implications for neurorehabilitation.
Sarah A. Raskin’s 2011 booktitledNeuroplasticity and Rehabilitationpresents the state-of-the-art in which brain-injured individuals may be helped not only to compensate for their loss of cognitive abilities, but also possibly to restore those abilities. Expert contributors examine the extent to which damaged cortical regionscan actually recover and resume previous functions, as well as how intact regions are recruited to take on tasks once mediated by the damaged region. Evidence-based rehabilitation approaches are reviewed for a range of impairments and clinical populations, including both children and adults.
Scientific advancements in conceptualization and technology make new tools available for professionals facing medical, psychological, educational, and societal problems of human beings. This conference brings together revolutionary developments in two disciplines: cognitive modifiability and the neurosciences. Neuroscience brings evidence that modifiability is possible, and cognitive modifiability shows how to make it happen. This meeting offers the opportunity for a worldwide gathering of scientists, practitioners, therapists, and educators who come from different professional perspectives, but share common interests to explore and become familiar with the developments in these related fields. The common theme is modifiability. Revolutionary developments in brain sciences support the theory and belief that basic human behaviors and functions can be modified.
The Potential to Respond to Critical Needs
From the perspective of both disciplines, it is now clear that systematic application of dynamic assessment and intervention has the potential to produce change. The science, and the growing awareness it has generated, indicates that the three conventionally accepted resistances to change can be overcome: etiology (the genetic, hereditary, and chromosomal causes of disability), critical periods (indicating that there are developmental deadlines after which change is impossible), and severityof the condition (indicating that extreme conditions cannot be improved).
However, we are at the frontier of this knowledge. There is much to be learned in order to understand the implications of the convergence of cognitive modifiability and the revolution in the brain sciences and bring them into wide acceptance and practice.
Outcomes and Opportunities
The multicultural interaction between lecturers and participants from different fields and professions is going to develop better understanding of the challenges and enrich us with the new available tools. Personal professional experience, research results, theories and practice will be discussed and new techniques will be presented in order to open new horizons for each one of us.
This is a critical period in the development of this dialogue and an opportunity for sharing knowledge and hope. Jerusalem, as a modern centre for technological and academic activity and research also symbolizes the historical core of human faith and soul. Is there a more appropriate place to host such a conference?