Program – NEUROETHICS: RE-MAPPING THE FIELD – Milan – May 16th-18th, 2018

10th International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and 5th Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe)

Neuroethics: Re-Mapping the Field

Meetings on Neuroscience and Society, X Edition

May 16th – 18th, 2018

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan

DIBIT 1, Via Olgettina 58



Scientific and Organizing Committee

Michele Di Francesco, IUSS Pavia (SINe President)

Massimo Reichlin, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Andrea Lavazza, Centro Universitario Internazionale, Arezzo

Michela Balconi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

Giulia Piredda, IUSS Pavia

Corrado Sinigaglia, University of Milan

Sarah Songhorian, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University


Wednesday May 16th 

10:00 Registration

10:30 Opening Remarks

 11:00 – 13:00 Plenary session – Room Newton – Neurolaw

Hank Greely (Stanford University) – 15 Years of Law and Neuroscience: An American View

Giuseppe Sartori (University of Padua) – Neuroscience in Court: Scientific Assessment of Free Will and Related Issues

Chair: Pietro Pietrini (Lucca)


13:00 – 14:15 Lunch


14:15 – 15:45 Parallel sessions – Contributed papers

Room 1 – Newton

Margot Zanetti (Rome), Le neuroscienze nella fase di esecuzione della pena: introduzione auspicabile?

Cristina Scarpazza (Padua), Stefano Ferracuti (Rome), Alessio Miolla (Padua) and Giuseppe Sartori (Padua), Il fascino delle neuroimmagini nella valutazione dell’imputabilità: linee guida per evitare la malinterpretazione dei risultati

Maria Felice Pacitto (Cassino), Neuroetica e Mindfulness: la Mindfulness apre nuove prospettive di ricerca nell’ambito dei comportamenti prosociali e della moralità

Chair: Alberto Carrara (Roma)


Room 2 – Bacone

Anna Sierawska (Kiel), Unmet Needs in Children with ADHD – Can Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Fill the Gap?

Frederic Gilbert (Washington), Artificial Intelligence & Brain Implants: What Could Phenomenologically Go Wrong?

Koji Tachibana (Kumamoto), A Neuroethical Concern about the Clinical Application of Recent Neurofeedback Techniques

Chair: Daniela Perani (Milan)


Room 3 – Koch

Alejandro Rosas (Bogotá), Hot Utilitarianism and Cold Deontology: Response Patterns to a Set of Moral Dilemmas Containing Sacrificial and “Real-World” Utilitarian Items

Frej Klem Thomsen (Roskilde), The Trials and Travails of Cognitive Science Compatible, Retributive Desert-Generating Moral Responsibility

Cara Warmuth (Hannover), Neurodegeneration in the Elderly and the Loss of Rights

Chair: Federico Gustavo Pizzetti (Milan)


15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break


16:15 – 18:15 Plenary session – Room Newton – Free Will, Consciousness, and Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Valeria Gazzola (Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience) – The Role of Vicarious Activity in Perception and (Pro)Social Behavior

Patrick Haggard (University College London) – Volition, Agency and Values: Can Cognitive Neuroscience Tell Us Anything Relevant for Ethics?

Chair: Roberto Mordacci (Milan)


ThursdayMay 17th

9:30– 11:30 Plenary session – Room Newton – Cognitive Enhancement

Lorenza S. Colzato (Leiden University) – “Responsible” Cognitive Enhancement: Neuroethical Considerations

Thomas Douglas (University of Oxford) – What’s Wrong with Mandatory Neuroenhancement?

Chair: Andrea Lavazza (Arezzo)


11:30 -12:00 Coffee Break


12:00 –13:00 Parallel sessions – Contributed papers

Room 1 – Newton

Alberto Barbieri (Pavia), What Is It Like to Be a Mental State? Some Considerations on The Creature/State Consciousness Distinction

Alfredo Tomasetta (Pavia), Are there Unconscious Minds?

Chair: Elisabetta Sacchi (Milan)


Room 2 – Bacone

Marco Viola (Pavia) and Gabriele Ferretti (Firenze), Philosophy and Neuroscience: A Roundtrip

Eugenia Kulakova (London), Sofia Bonicalzi (Munich) and Patrick Haggard (London), Two Modes of Third-Party Judgment: Neural Correlates of Evaluating Responsibility and Intention in Action and Omission Scenarios

Chair: Giulia Piredda (Pavia)


Room 3 – Koch

Cinzia Di Dio (Milan), Federico Manzi (Milan – Neuchâtel), Shoji Itakura (Kyoto), Takayuki Kanda (Kyoto), Hiroshi Ishiguro (Kyoto – Osaka), Davide Massaro (Milan) and Antonella Marchetti (Milan), Being Fair to a Robot: “Shall I Treat It Like Him?”, a Five Years Old Wonders

Chair: Matteo Cerri (Bologna)


13:00 – 14:15 Lunch


14:15 – 15:45 Parallel sessions – Contributed papers

Room 1 – Newton

Symposium – New Paradigms and Multimethodology for Social Inter-Actions in Normal and Clinical Domain

Michela Balconi (Milan), Giulia Fronda (Milan), Daniela De Filippis (Milan) and Davide Crivelli (Milan), New Paradigms for Analysis of Emotional Behavior. Co-Registration of Hemodynamic (fNIRS), EEG and Autonomic Emotional Correlates

Laura Angioletti (Milan), Chiara Siri (Milan), Nicoletta Meucci (Milan) and Michela Balconi (Milan), Personality Traits and Cortical Activity Explored by Optical Imaging Affect Gambling Behavior in Parkinson’s Disease

Daniela De Filippis (Milan), Maurizio Bossola (Rome), Laura Angioletti (Milan) and Michela Balconi (Milan), Fatigue and Reward System in Hemodialysis Patients: Integrating New Methods and Perspectives to Assess Chronic Patients

Davide Crivelli (Milan), Giulia Fronda (Milan), Irene Venturella (Milan) and Michela Balconi (Milan), Perspectives in Neuro-Enhancement: Supporting Mindfulness Mental Training with Wearable Devices

Irene Venturella (Milan), Davide Crivelli (Milan), Giulia Fronda (Milan) and Michela Balconi (Milan), Neurocognitive Enhancement: Mindfulness Practices Applied to Management

Chair: Michela Balconi (Milan)


Room 2 – Bacone

Mirko Garasic (Rome – Lucca), In War as in Work, Sky is the Limit…but What are we Enhancing with our Performance Exactly?

Thomas Soebirk Petersen (Roskilde), Should the State Prohibit Healthy People’s Use of Medical Cognitive Enhancers? A Critical Discussion of the Argument from Coercion and the Argument from Individualization

Gardar Arnason (Tübingen), Cognitive Enhancement in Primate Models in the Neurosciences

Chair: Vittorio A. Sironi (Milano)


Room 3 – Koch

Nada Gligorov (New York), One-Track Enhancement

Marcello Ienca (Zurich), Using Big-Data and Artificial Intelligence in Brain and Mental Health: Promises and Challenges

Cecily Whiteley (London), Free Will, Neuroscience and Mechanistic Explanation: Reassessing the Threat from Unconscious Initiation of Action

Chair: Sarah Songhorian (Milan)


15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break


16:15 – 17:45 Lectio Magistralis – Room Newton

Direct Brain Stimulation and Agency

Adina Roskies (Dartmouth College)

awarded with the SINe Medal by Mario De Caro (University of Roma Tre – Tufts University)

Chair: Michele Di Francesco (Pavia)


18:00 SINe Meeting

20:30 Social Dinner


Friday – May 18th

9:00 – 11:00 Plenary session – Room Newton – Clinical Applications of Technological Innovations

Ralf J. Jox (University of Munich) – Advances in Brain-Computer Interface Technology and Insights from an Ethical Assessment Study

Alberto Priori (University of Milan) – Adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation

Chair: Gianvito Martino (Milan)


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00 Parallel sessions – Contributed papers

Room 1 – Newton

Sara Palumbo (Pisa), Veronica Mariotti (Pisa), Giuseppina Rota (Pisa), Laura Lucchi (Lucca) and Silvia Pellegrini (Pisa), Genetic Profiles of the OXTR Gene Modulate Moral Acceptability in Insurance Brokers

Luca Casartelli (Milan), High Stages of The Motor Hierarchy: Distinct (Motor) Computations and Their Putative Role in Autism

Maria Arioli (Pavia) and Nicola Canessa (Pavia), Understanding Social Interactions: A Neuroimaging Coordinate-Based Meta-Analysis

Chair: Anna Ogliari (Milan)


Room 2 – Bacone

Daniel Pallarés Domínguez (Castellón), Neuroethics: Which Neurorationality?

Gustavo Cevolani (Lucca) and Luca Cecchetti (Lucca), Abduction, Reverse Inference, and the Neuroscience of Moral Reasoning

Roberto Fumagalli (London – Philadelphia), (F)utility Exposed

Chair: Carlo Martini (Milan)


Room 3 – Koch

Mara Rocca (Milan), Ermelinda De Meo (Milan) and Massimo Filippi (Milan), Neuroimaging Correlates of Empathy behind Different Dietary Habits

Ermelinda De Meo (Milan), Mara Rocca (Milan), Gianna Riccitelli (Milan), Alessandro Meani (Milan) and Massimo Filippi (Milan), Influence of Dietary Habits and Empathy on Visual Processing of Pictures with Different Emotive-Affective Values

Chair: Marcello Massimini (Milan)


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 16:00 Plenary session – Room Newton – Moral Cognition

Elisabetta Sirgiovanni (Sapienza University of Rome, Museum of the History of Medicine) – Self-Control, Emotions, and Responsibility

Luca Surian (University of Trento) – Looking for the Origins of Inequality Aversion and Moral Judgment

Chair: Massimo Reichlin (Milan)


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break


16:30 – 18:00 Lectio Magistralis – Room Newton 

Human Morality: Features and Bugs

Joshua D. Greene (Harvard University)

awarded with the SINe Medal by Laura Boella (University of Milan)

Chair: Michele Di Francesco (Pavia)


Organizing Secretary

Sarah Songhorian, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Giulia Piredda, IUSS Pavia

For registration and information, send an email to:



Faculty members: 70 euros

Others (junior researchers and non-academics): 35 euros

Fee for one-day participation: 20 euros


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2 risposte a "Program – NEUROETHICS: RE-MAPPING THE FIELD – Milan – May 16th-18th, 2018"

  1. Gent.mi,
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