Neuroscience: Intended and Unintended Consequences

Neuroscience offers us exciting possibilities for enhancing human learning and performance. In the next decade, we are going to learn things we can’t even dream of right now. But along with the dreams we may be in for some nightmares. Here’s a couple of things for all of us to think about. Should Employers Use Brain Scans to Make Employment Decisions? Recently scientists at Yale University announced that they can determine a person’s intelligence and even their cognitive strengths from a brain scan. Basically – and this is a gross over-simplification of the research – they found that the stronger the connections between different regions of the brain, the more skilled the study participants would be on a series of tests and puzzles designed to measure intelligence. This result makes…


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