What does a healthy relationship between neuroscience and society look like? How do we set the conditions for that relationship to flourish? A set of teams at MIT lead by the MIT Museum’s Experimental Practice Group is working on these questions with a five-month planning grant from the Dana Foundation.
This project is a response to the increasingly urgent need for action that addresses the gaps between three domains that should be more interconnected: 1.) neuroscience education, training, and research; 2.)scholarship in the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of neuroscience research; and 3.) public engagement.
One of the core principles we are testing is whether and how these three domains can work together hand-in-hand towards mutual benefit and with mutual respect. We envision a Center that directly connects established and training neuroscientists with established and training practitioners of public engagement and the arts, and to do so with frameworks, observation, and critique provided by ELSI scholars, along with the full participation of the public. Bringing that reality to fruition requires experimental practice.