Neuroscience & Society

Much of the research conducted in the lab focuses on understanding, detecting or changing an individual’s conscious experience or cognitive function. In parallel to the lab’s scientific investigation, there is an interest in considering the neuroethical and societal impacts of neuroscientific advances in understanding and manipulating brain function. This includes both research and active public engagement through public talks and popular media.

Journal Articles


  • Perkins, D., et al. (2021) Medicinal Psychedelics for Mental Health and Addiction: Advancing research of an emerging paradigm. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 55(12) 1127-33 [PDF]


  • Meikle, S., Carter, O. & Bedi, G. (2020) Individual differences in distress, impulsivity, and coping motives for use as predictors of problematic ecstasy use. Addictive Behaviors 1-7 108: 106397. 1-7 [PDF]


  • Carter, A., Richards, L et al. (2019) A Neuroethics Framework for the Australian Brain Initiative Neuron 101: 365-369 [PDF]


  • Carter, O., Hohwy, J., van Boxtel, J., Lamme, V., Block, N., Koch, C. & Tsuchiya, N (2018) Conscious machines: Defining questions Science 359 (6374): 400 [PDF]
  • Riddell, C., Jensen, C. & Carter, O. (2018) Cognitive Enhancement and Coping in an Australian University Student Sample. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement 2:63-69 [PDF]


  • Carter, O., & Forte, J. (2016). Regulate devices for brain stimulation. Nature 533(7602): 179-179 [PDF]

Popular Media

  • Carter, O., (2012 ongoing). Babies versus Science (a regular column charting the impact of science on a baby's development and the impact of a baby on a scientist's development). The conversation.
  • Carter, O., (2014). The Neuroscience of Gambling The Footy Almanac.
  • Carter, O., (2011). Drugs to enhance us will enchant us … especially if there are no side effects. The Conversation