Researcher at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)
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The Neuroethics and Philosophy group at CRB is part of The European Commission (EC) Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship, the Human Brain Project (HBP). The HBP aims to put in place a cutting-edge, ICT-based scientific research infrastructure for brain research, cognitive neuroscience and brain-inspired computing.
The Neuroethics group is in charge of analysing the conceptual underpinnings and implications of HBP research, and of identifying and articulating philosophical, ethical, notably neuroethical, issues raised by such research.
One of the Tasks focuses on the role of contexts and cultural imprinting in understanding the brain's functional architectures:
The brain develops in a natural and cultural context that profoundly influences its functional architecture. Synaptic epigenesis theories of cultural and social imprinting on our brain architecture suggest that there is a possibility of culturally influencing our neural predispositions. In an analysis of epigenesis by selective stabilisation of synapses, this Task analyses the relationships between genotype and brain phenotype: the paradox of non-linear evolution between genome and brain complexity; the selection of cultural circuits in the brain during development; and the genesis and epigenetic transmission of cultural imprints. This also concerns the acquisition of oral and written languages, symbolic, philosophical and religious systems, and connects to the issues of cultural diversity and universality of ethical predispositions. We analyse the combinatorial explosion of brain representations, and the channelling of behaviour through "epigenetic rules" and top-down control of decision-making. In neurobiological terms, these "rules" are viewed as acquired patterns of connections (scaffoldings), hypothetically stored in frontal cortex long-term memory, which frame the genesis of novel representations and regulate decision-making in a top-down manner. The relevance of this Task to HBP's overall aims is strong: understanding the role of contexts and cultural imprinting is an essential aspect of understanding the brain's functional architectures.
(1) Collaborate in research as described above
(2) Write articles, reports / other academic texts
(3) Participate in HBP-meetings
(4) Give talks at conferences
Doctoral degree: either in philosophy, or in social or natural science
Documented knowledge and interest in both philosophy and social & natural science
Publications in international peer reviewed journals
Experience in presenting results in academic meetings
Fluency in written and spoken English
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