Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine



Laura Cabrera

Laura Cabrera photo

Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Faculty Affiliate, College of Law
Faculty Affiliate, Neuroscience Program, College of Natural Science
Faculty Affiliate, National Core for Neuroethics at University of British Columbia

C-211 East Fee Hall
(517) 355-7553
laura.cabrera @

PhD 2012 Charles Sturt University
MA 2008 Linköping Universitet
MA 2007 Linköping Universitet
BS 2005 Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Laura Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology, in particular when this is used without a clear medical purpose. She has been working on projects that explore the attitudes of the general public toward pharmacological and brain stimulation enhancing interventions, as well as their normative implications.

Her current work also focuses on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.

Selected Publications

Cabrera, L.Y. (2015). Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cabrera, L.Y. and Reiner, P.B. (2015). Understanding public (mis)understanding of tDCS for enhancement. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 9 (28). DOI:10.3389/fnint.2015.00028. 


Cabrera, L.Y., Fitz, N., Reiner, P.B. (2015). Reasons for comfort and discomfort with pharmacological enhancement of cognitive, affective, and social domains. Neuroethics, 8:93-106. DOI: 10.1007/s12152-014-9222-3.

Cabrera, L.Y. (2015). How does enhancing cognition affect human values? How does this translate into social responsibility? In Ohl, F., Lee, G. and Illes, J. Ethical Issues in Behavioural Neuroscience. Springer, pp. 223–241.

Cabrera, L. and Weckert, J. (2013). Human Enhancement and Communication: on Meaning and shared understanding. Science and Engineering Ethics. Vol 19 (3): 1039-1056.

Selected Achievements and Awards

2014: Abstract Award: Travel stipend for the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting and abstract, “Substantive Discrepancies Between Academic and Public Concerns Regarding the Ethics of Neuroenhancement” (INS Abstract # 78).

2013: Brocher Foundation. Visiting research fellowship at the Brocher Foundation on the project ‘Legal and ethical issues around animal-human chimera research (the case of human neuro-related material use in non-human primates).’

2011: Singularity University Graduate Student Program Grant (June-August).

2011: Brocher Foundation. Visiting research fellowship at the Brocher Foundation on the project ‘Social enhancement and public health’ (January-February).

2010: PennNeuro Boot Camp. Grant to attend and participate in the second Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp.