9.911 Reasonable Conduct in Science

January (IAP) 2002

Photo of scientist conducting research with a microscope, with scales of justice superimposed over image.
All science needs to be conducted while balancing ethics, the greater good, and the cost to society. (Image by Prof. Pawan Sinha.)

Course Highlights

This one-week course brings together graduate students and researchers in the field of neuroscience and cognition for the purpose of exploring the ethical issues of scientific research, and how to conduct responsible research. The course features a reading list and links to the National Institutes of Health, where related resources can be found on the topics covered in this course.

All MIT graduate students in Brain and Cognitive Sciences are required to take this course and pass a written exam in order to perform research on human subjects.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

To provide instruction and dialog on practical ethical issues relating to the responsible conduct of human and animal research in the brain and cognitive sciences. Specific emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to young researchers including data handling, animal and human subjects, misconduct, mentoring, intellectual property, and publication.
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Prof. Matthew Wilson

Course Meeting Times

Five sessions for 1 week
2 hours / session