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October 2022: Our Brain and the Environment

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

What is the significance of integrating neuroscience and psychology to sustainability?

Did you know that curricula in neuroscience will soon be joining hands with environmental engineering in the next 50 years? This is so because 97% of climate scientists find that dangerous human activity is the preliminary cause of global warming and climate change, which is also another trending international topic in news reports and networks.

According to other research, decision science is an interdisciplinary field of neuropsychology, and encompasses quantitative measures used to test human decision making at large population levels. has great effects, especially when it comes to making pro-environmental decisions–factors that will help in the world’s mission to reach “net-zero.” Furthermore, despite neuroscience commonly being limited to the field of health and medicine, it is now being applied to areas including commerce, politics, law, and ethics.

Environmental neuroscience is an emerging field encompassing environmental sciences, cognitive psychology, physiology, and developmental biology. However, it is an uncommon term used in undergraduate programs.

Climate Change and Neuroscience

The conflict of climate change and global warming presents many different conflicts in our environment, such as a decreased biodiversity. This creates more problems, including more invasive species to take over ecosystems, habitat loss, and pollution. For human health, these factors can lead to an increased spread of rampant and infectious diseases. There is also the increased risk of neurotoxicity from certain chemicals, such as mercury and lead. Therefore, neuroscientists present a vital role in bringing about sustainable solutions that are beneficial to human and environmental well-being.

How is Neuroscience being currently integrated?

  • The support of biomedical research

  • Neuroscience laboratories taking on initiatives to become eco-friendly

  • Korean Institute of Brain Science and the International Brain Association submitting an annual report to the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and collaborating with the United Nations to contribute towards SDG goals

What to Take Away?

Overall, the fields within neuroscience and psychology, such as cognitive neuroscience and decision science contribute greatly towards our decisions and interactions we make in our environment. Therefore, neuroscientists must play a vital role in contributing toward the well-being of our human health and our environment.

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