Neuroethics: New Ways of Investigating the Brain – Online Conference – Program

12th International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and 7th Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe)

In collaboration with International Neuroethic Society (INS)

Neuroethics: New Ways of Investigating the Brain

Meetings on Neuroscience and Society, XII Edition

May 13th – 14th – 20th – 21st, 2021 – CEST 


May 13th 

4:45 pm Opening Remarks and Announcement of the SINe Prize Winners

5:00 – 6:30 pm Invited talks

Chair: Matteo Cerri (University of Bologna)

Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University) – Inner Workings of Channelrhodopsins and Brains: A New Way of Looking at the Mind in Action

6:30 – 7:30 pm Parallel session – Contributed papers 

Room ARoom BRoom C
Chair: Michela BalconiChair: Matteo CerriChair: Andrea Lavazza
G. Melis, G. Sartori, C. Scarpazza. Eyewitnesses Evaluation: Should the Legal Criteria Be Adjusted basing on Scientific Results?E. Lasater-Guttmann. The Supposed Irreversibility of Brain Death G. Cevolani, D. Coraci. Reverse Inference and Bayesian Confirmation in Cognitive Neuroscience
A. Miolla, M. Cardaioli, C. Scarpazza, M. Monaro, N. Navarin, G. Sartori. Words Lie, Your Face Doesn’tN. Gligorov. Is Death Irreversible?F. Calzavarini, G. Cevolani, M. Viola. Abductive Reasoning in Cognitive Neuroscience: Weak and Strong Reverse Inference
C. Scarpazza, L. Masiero, E. Bortolato, C. Cavaliere, J. Pezzaioli, L. Finos, G. Sartori. Different Neural Substrate in Developmental and Acquired Pedophilia: Preliminary ResultsF. Zilio. Unlocking the Brain. Neuroimaging, Disorders of Consciousness, and the Role of NeuroethicsR. Fumagalli. A Reformed Division of Labour for the Science of Well-Being

7:45 – 8:45 pm International Neuroethics Society Lecture

Nita Farahany (Duke University, INS President) – Title TBA

May 14th

5:00 – 6:30 pm Invited talks

Chair: Mario De Caro (Roma Tre University – Tufts University)

Derk Pereboom (Cornell University) – Wrongdoing, Freedom, and the Moral Emotions

Thomas Søbirk Petersen (Roskilde University) – Neuro-doping and Fairness

Jesper Ryberg (Roskilde University) – Neurointervention, Crime Prevention and the Ideal/non-ideal Distinction

6:30 – 7:30 pm Parallel session – Contributed papers 

Room ARoom BRoom C
Chair: Giulia PireddaChair: Raffaella I. RumiatiChair: Sarah Songhorian
M. Facchin. Markov Blankets Do not Rule out the Extended Mind HypothesisL. Angioletti, F. Cassioli, M. Balconi. Ambient Intelligence (AmI) between Good and Evil: Possible Neuroethical Implications for Individuals and SocietyS. Zipoli Caiani, G. Ferretti. On Pragmatic Modes of Presentation
G. Zanotti. Scientistic Stances and Physicalism in the Philosophy of MindG. Fronda, M. Balconi. How Ethics and Moral Cognition Influence Decision-Making in Professional Fields: The Contribution of Neuroscience G. Ferretti. Why there is no such thing as Affordance Perception
M. Degano. Dreyfus meets 4E CognitionC. Vicario, R. Rafal, G. Di Pellegrino, C. Lucifora, A. M. Salehinejad, M. A. Nitsche, A. Avenanti. Indignation for Moral Violations Suppresses the Tongue Motor Cortex M. Carrick. Thresholds, Inexpressibility, and Personhood

May 20th  

5:00 – 6:30 pm Invited talks

Chair: Massimo Filippi (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University – Scientific Institute San Raffaele Hospital)

Federica Agosta (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University) – Impairment of Social Cognition in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Mara Rocca (Scientific Institute San Raffaele Hospital) ­– A View into Cognition and beyond in Multiple Sclerosis

6:30 – 7:30 pm Parallel session – Contributed papers 

Room ARoom BRoom C
Chair: Massimo ReichlinChair: Andrea LavazzaChair: Federico Gustavo Pizzetti
J. May. Moral Rationalism on the BrainS. Palumbo, V. Mariotti, Stefano Vellucci, K. Antonelli, N. Anderson, C. Harenski, K. A. Kiehl, S. Pellegrini. The Sins of the Fathers Do not Fall on the Children: Selected Dopamine and Serotonin Alleles Increase the Risk for Psychopathy as a Consequence of Paternal MaltreatmentM. Farina. Not So Humane. Why the Quarantine Model of Incapacitation Fails to Be the Best Criminal Policy
F. Bina. Neuroethics and Reflective EquilibriumL. Casartelli, A. Vitale, A. Federici, E. Pini, M. Molteni, L. Ronconi. To See, or not to See in the Same Way, This Is the Question: (In)flexibility of Visual Scene Parsing in Autism J. H. Yang, S. H. Kim. The Patent Trends of Brainwave Technology in the Republic of Korea and its Ethical and Social Implications
M. W. Carstensen. Folk-Intuitions, Free Will and ChanceA. Erler. Authenticity in the Ethical Debate on Memory Modification: Too Early to Forget About ItF. Battaglia. Do Ethical Issues regarding Brain Organoïds Rely on the Metaphysics of the Mind-Brain Identity Theory?
S. Bonicalzi, O. Deroy. Corrective Responsibility for Habitual Actions  

8:00 – 9:00 pm INS Panel – Ethical and Societal Implications of Telepsychiatry and the new era of Digital Mental Health

Chair: Anthony Weiss (Center for Bioethics – Harvard Medical School)


Nicole Martinez (Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics)

Cynthia J. Sieck (The Ohio State University College of Medicine)

John Torous (Harvard Medical School)

May 21st

5:00 – 6:30 pm Invited talks

Chair: Michele Di Francesco (IUSS, Pavia)

6:30 – 7:30 pm Assemblea SINe

Attendance is free and open to all those interested. However, registration is required. 

To register please fill in the form at before May 5th, 2021. After that date, registered participants will receive the links to attend all the sessions of the conference. 

Although attendance is free, please consider donating to SINe to support its activities (for information about how to donate, please visit:

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Michele Di Francesco, IUSS, Pavia (SINe President)

Nita A. Farahany, Duke University (INS President)

Michela Balconi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

Katherine Bassil, Maastricht University

Mario De Caro, Roma Tre University – Tufts University

Andrea Lavazza, Centro Universitario Internazionale, Arezzo 

Massimo Reichlin, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Sarah Songhorian, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University 


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