Does Brain Difference Affect Legal and Moral Responsibility?

Brains create behavior. Yet we hold people, not brains, morally and legally responsible for their actions. Under what conditions could -- or should -- brain disorder affect the ways in which we assign moral and legal responsibility to a person?

How do doctors resolve ethical dilemmas hidden in everyday patient care? An HMS podcast with Dr. Robert D. Truog. 

Martha Montello

Martha Montello, PhD, who teaches narrative methods in clinical ethics and mentors Harvard trainees and students on narrative methods, medical humanities, and literature and medicine, is the latest faculty member to join the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.

The journal spans a wide range of subjects and is edited by Center faculty member Martha Montello, PhD 


The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine of the University of Zurich in collaboration with the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School will offer the first Intensive Bioethics Course, which will be also the 10-year anniversar

Barbara Bierer

The Wall Street Journal
Head transplants, at the extreme frontier of medicine, are inching toward reality. Robert Truog, director of the HMS Center for Bioethics and Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Legal Medicine and professor of anaesthesia at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted.

Melissa Abraham

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology is committed to supporting Alumni as they continue beyond the walls of the Harvard Chan School.

Robert Truog

Harvard Medicine
Dr. Robert Truog comments on the regulations and ‎ethics‬ of involving kids in pediatric clinical trials.

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The Sun Chronicle
Dr. Rebecca Brendel, Director of the Master’s Program at the HMS Center for Bioethics, on the muted response to counseling services at the One Fund Center.

The prospect of using noninvasive brain stimulation for neuroenhancement in healthy individuals generates a host of ethical questions: What constitutes normal versus impaired ability? Which neurological functions can be ethically improved, and which, if any, should remain unchanged?