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Journal of Cognitive Enhancement

Journal of Cognitive Enhancement

Editor-in-Chief: Lorenza Colzato

ISSN: 2509-3290 (print version)
ISSN: 2509-3304 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41465


Special topic for Journal of Cognitive Enhancement:

“Neuroethical issues in cognitive enhancement”
Topic editors: Andrea Lavazza
Lorenza S. Colzato
Cognitive enhancement is one of the most widely discussed topic in neuroethics. We expect two ethical aspects to dominate future discussions. First, it has been pointed out that methods of cognitive enhancement may disrespect dignity and human nature, augment inauthenticity and cheating behavior, and may encourage an uncontrolled striving for excellence and perfection. The second issue relies instead on the tension between two widely shared ethical principles underlying our society: individual freedom and equality. While effective cognitive enhancing programs can be taken to support the expression of individual freedom, it may clash with equality. Societies and upward mobility in particular rely increasingly on competition, which emphasizes individual performance and abilities. Cognitive enhancement is likely to produce “positional benefits” by improving one’s social and economic status as compared to others. While this could be considered a fair individual choice, it may have consequences for general public expectations and standards. Once a number of individuals have shown that it is possible to improve one’s cognitive abilities, public pressure on other individuals could arise to augment their abilities as well. This special issue on neuroethical issues in cognitive enhancement welcomes scientifically-informed submissions focused on empirical and methodological issues as well as opinions, mini reviews or perspectives from a wide range of domains (philosophy; neuroscience; cognitive, developmental and life-span psychology).
Submission Deadlines
2 May 2018 Abstracts need to be sent to Dr. Andrea Lavazza (Dr. Andrea Lavazza ) or to Dr. Lorenza Colzato (Dr. Lorenza Colzato)
14 May 2018 Abstract review decision
1 July 2018 Manuscript submission via electronic portal
December 2018 Publication of the special topic

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    The Journal of Cognitive Enhancement publishes articles that contribute to a basic understanding of any means (e.g., meditation, video game, smart drugs, food supplements, nutrition, brain stimulation, neurofeedback, physical exercise, music, or cognitive training) aimed at enhancing human perception, attention, memory, cognitive control, and action in healthy individuals. Research on cognitive enhancement has becoming a hot topic given that the recent economic problems of the welfare system, in both the Eastern and Western societies, have boosted the interest in “enhancing” procedures and activities that will make welfare societally more affordable. Moreover, the ideological turn towards individualism in many societies provides  a natural breeding ground for the public interest in procedures and activities that help to express and to further develop individual needs and interests.


    The scope of the journal contributes to a basic understanding of enhancing human performance and creative potential. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged and welcome.

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