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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Psychiatry Brain Therapeutics Enhancement Ethics Group Hispanic Americans Paradigm Alzheimer Disease Affective Psychosurgery Depression Deep Brain Stimulation Mental Disorders Mental Health Health Health Services Research Research Personnel Dementia Technology Ethical Concerns Social Determinants Of Health Humanities Technical Innovation Newspapers

Most Recent Publications

Marissa Cortright, Sandra Chen, Robyn Bluhm, Eric Achtyes, Aaron McCright, Laura Cabrera, Journal of ECT

Reexamining the Ethical, Legal, Social, and Cultural Implications for Cochlear Implants Through a Novel Neuroethics Framework

Noelini Prins, Rebecca Montelone, J. Soldado-Magraner, J. Nash, Michael Young, Laura Cabrera, IEEE Xplore

Christi R.P. Sullivan, Alex Henry, Jonathan Lehman, Logan Caola, Ziad Nahas, Alik S. Widge, Laura Y. Cabrera, Anita Randolph, Saydra Wilson, 2024, Neuroethics

Joshua E. Cunningham, Robyn Bluhm, Eric D. Achtyes, Aaron M. McCright, Laura Y. Cabrera, 2024, Journal of Psychiatric Research on p. 11-18

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

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

Rethinking the ethical priorities for brain–computer interfaces

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

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

Robyn Bluhm, Marissa Cortright, Eric Achtyes, Laura Cabrera, 2021, AJOB Neuroscience on p. 1-12

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

Rethinking human enhancement: Social enhancement and emergent technologies

Laura Y. Cabrera, 2015,

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

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.