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Bad Moves: How decision making goes wrong and the ethics of smart drugs’

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Please note that this event will take place on Wednesday

We make decisions all the time, so often that we take our ability to do so for granted. But what happens if we lose this ability because of brain injury or illness? Here, Barbara J. Sahakian will explain what we know about the brain’s decision making, and explore the role our emotions play as we navigate our way through life. When things go wrong decisions are impaired, as in severe depression or dementia, and the impact on individuals and families can be profound. Treatments in the form of ‘smart drugs’ have been shown to help patients with several psychiatric and neurological conditions. However, they have also been found to improve concentration and memory in healthy people and are available and being used by many. Is this right? Are smart drugs too ‘unnatural’? And how should society adapt as cognitive enhancement exits the realm of sci-fi and becomes something you can buy in a pill?

There will be signed copies of Barbara’s new book ‘Bad Moves’ (written with Jamie Nicole LaBuzetta) available to purchase at the event.

As usual, events are free and a complimentary glass of wine is included thanks to the Medical Research Council.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Café Scientifique series.

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