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Opportunities and Perils of Extremely Early “Autism” Intervention

Autism, Parent-Blaming and False ‘Cures’ Once again the mainstream autism field risks blaming parents for the cause of autism. This time, through studies often funded by relative-led organisations. The “refrigerator mother” hypothesis blamed supposedly cold parenting for autism. Some of the families who were socially isolated and even split apart by this way of thinking… Read more »

DPhil Student Arianna Manzini Wins Conference Award

Congratulations! DPhil student, Arianna Manzini, received an award at the International Neuroethics Society in Washington DC in November. Official award: Outstanding abstract, travel stipend recipient, 2017 Annual Meeting, November 10 2017′. These funds have been made available by the Kids Brain Health Network.

Challenging the Challenge: No Moral Judgment nor Infant Determinism from an Ethnographic Perspective

Introduction Many years ago I heard a teenager screaming to her mother “You are a worm that enters the brain of your own child to drive her crazy!” In those days, blaming mothers for the mental health of their offspring was still a rather private business. Nowadays, the subject has entered the public debate, “in… Read more »

Involving the Child in Health Care Decisions – It is Time for the Customary Implementation of a Collaborative Decision-Making Process

Research suggests, that in medical practice children have a minimal role in major treatment decisions regarding their health care. In particular, an investigation conducted by Coyne (2008) found that the ‘views of children are rarely sought nor acknowledged’. This conflicts with the well-established United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that states children… Read more »

BeGOOD Placement Students Begin Work

Please join us in welcoming Abi Robinson and Robyn McMillan to the BeGOOD EIE team for a three week placement! If you are interested in learning more about our placement programme,  click here. Abi Robinson Abi Robinson is a BeGOOD summer intern working on the Citizens EIE project. She has just graduated with a BA in Experimental… Read more »

BeGOOD Work Experience Week Begins

  Students have begun their week-long work experience programme at the University of Oxford. They will work in a small team to develop innovative, digital methods to better understand teenagers’ moral views and attitudes.  In particular, the team will work on a game or app to explore young people’s moral attitudes related to advances in biomedicine,… Read more »

Early Intervention and Children’s Food Policy: Challenging the Emphasis on ‘Choice’

Attention to children’s brain development in the early years has been at the centre of English social policy since the late 1990s, and is linked to recent efforts to ‘improve people’s life chances’.  Children’s food policy has been influenced by the language used in these debates. The belief that habits learnt in the early years… Read more »