Neuroethics Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-2018

Publication Source

Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Volume

19

Start Page

428

Last Page

438

DOI

10.1038/s41583-018-0023-2

Abstract

Socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with health (physical and mental) and cognitive ability. Understanding and ameliorating the problems of low SES have long been goals of economics and sociology; in recent years, these have also become goals of neuroscience. However, opinion varies widely on the relevance of neuroscience to SES-related policy. The present article addresses the question of whether and how neuroscience can contribute to the development of social policy concerning poverty and the social and ethical risks inherent in trying. I argue that the neuroscience approach to SES-related policy has been both prematurely celebrated and peremptorily dismissed and that some of its possible social impacts have been viewed with excessive alarm. Neuroscience has already made modest contributions to SES-related policy, and its potential to have a more effective and beneficial influence can be expected to grow over the coming years.

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Date Posted:14 August 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.