Laura Cabrera

Huck Early Career Chair in Neuroethics; Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Laura Cabrera

Research Summary

The ethical and societal implications of neurotechnologies used for treatment as well as for enhancement purposes.

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Brain Psychiatry Therapeutics Enhancement Ethics Group Psychosurgery Paradigm Hispanic Americans Alzheimer Disease Affective Deep Brain Stimulation Privacy Canada Technology Mental Disorders Health Mental Health Depression Dementia Health Services Research Research Personnel Ethical Concerns Bioprinting Seizures

Most Recent Publications

L. Y. Cabrera, E. D. Achtyes, R. Bluhm, A. M. McCright, 2023, Comprehensive Psychiatry

Influence of Care Network Characteristics on Physician Visit Experiences for Black, White, and Hispanic Older Adults With Dementia

Mary F. Wyman, Irving E. Vega, Laura Y. Cabrera, Reza Amini, Kyeongmo Kim, Wassim Tarraf, 2023, Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences on p. S59-S70

Laura Y. Cabrera, Douglas J. Weber, 2023, Nature Electronics on p. 99-101

Ethical Considerations Regarding the Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Mental Health Practice

Laura Y. Cabrera, Odile A. van den Heuvel, 2023, Biological Psychiatry

Ethical challenges with 3D bioprinted tissues and organs

Pallab Datta, Laura Y. Cabrera, Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, 2023, Trends in Biotechnology on p. 6-9

Daniel Susser, Laura Y. Cabrera, 2023, AJOB Neuroscience

R. Bluhm, E. D. Sipahi, E. D. Achtyes, A. M. McCright, L. Y. Cabrera, 2023, AJOB Empirical Bioethics

Flavia Vitale, Jennifer N. Gelinas, Laura Y. Cabrera, 2022, iScience

Glory O. Apantaku, Patrick J. McDonald, Magda Aguiar, Laura Y. Cabrera, Winston Chiong, Mary B. Connolly, Viorica Hrincu, George M. Ibrahim, K. Julia Kaal, Ashley Lawson, Robert Naftel, Eric Racine, Abdollah Safari, Mark Harrison, Judy Illes, 2022, Epilepsia on p. 2338-2349

Most-Cited Papers

Irving E. Vega, Laura Y. Cabrera, Cassandra M. Wygant, Daniel Velez-Ortiz, Scott E. Counts, Jose Abisambra, 2017, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease on p. 979-992

Kellmeyer Philipp, Jennifer Chandler, Laura Cabrera, Adrian Carter, Karola Kreitmair, Anthony Weiss, Coauthor Judy Illes, 2019, AJOB Neuroscience on p. 104-110

Nicole Martinez-Martin, Ishan Dasgupta, Adrian Carter, Jennifer A. Chandler, Philipp Kellmeyer, Karola Kreitmair, Anthony Weiss, Laura Y. Cabrera, 2020, JMIR Mental Health

Empirical Support for the Moral Salience of the Therapy-Enhancement Distinction in the Debate Over Cognitive, Affective and Social Enhancement

Laura Y. Cabrera, Nicholas S. Fitz, Peter B. Reiner, 2015, Neuroethics on p. 243-256

The re-emergence of psychiatric neurosurgery: insights from a cross-national study of newspaper and magazine coverage

Laura Y. Cabrera, Merlin Bittlinger, Hayami Lou, Sabine Müller, Judy Illes, 2018, Acta Neurochirurgica on p. 625-635

Reasons for comfort and discomfort with pharmacological enhancement of cognitive, affective, and social domains

Laura Y. Cabrera, Nicholas S. Fitz, Peter B. Reiner, 2015, Neuroethics on p. 93-106

Devan Stahl, Laura Cabrera, Tyler Gibb, 2018, Science and Engineering Ethics on p. 1119-1142

Rethinking human enhancement: Social enhancement and emergent technologies

Laura Y. Cabrera, 2015,

A Novel Sequential Mixed-method Technique for Contrastive Analysis of Unscripted Qualitative Data: Contrastive Quantitized Content Analysis

Laura Y. Cabrera, Peter B. Reiner, 2018, Sociological Methods and Research on p. 532-548

News Articles Featuring Laura Cabrera

New neurotechnology is blurring the lines around mental privacy – but are new human rights the answer?

Neurotechnology and the concerns that have been raised about privacy

Elon Musk's Neuralink Is 'Heading' For Human Trials As Brain Computer Interface Startup Receives FDA Approval

In a significant leap for the field of neurotechnology, Neuralink, a tech startup co-founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, recently obtained the Food and Drug Administration’s approval to commence trials implanting their revolutionary brain chips into human subjects. The firm's cutting-edge brain-computer interface has generated significant anticipation, with trials expected to start in the near future.

Elon Musk's Neuralink has FDA approval to put chips in humans' brains. Here's what's next.

Elon Musk's SpaceX recently launched the biggest and most powerful rocket into flight, even though it did not make it into orbit. But the world's richest man isn't content on expanding his sci-fi inspired technology into just the cosmos.

Elon Musk’s brain implant company is approved for human testing. How alarmed should we be?

The billionaire’s record has raised concerns over Neuralink’s ability to responsibly oversee the development of such an invasive device

Neuroethics researcher and professor joins Penn State

Laura Cabrera, a researcher in neuroethics and neurotechnologies, joined the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as an associate professor on March 1.