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Report on Responsible Research and Innovation for Human Cognitive Enhancement

Based on the international workshop in Brussels and a long-term research under Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement (HCENAT) project, the team at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences prepared a report on Responsible Research and Innovation for Human Cognitive Enhancement.


Human cognitive enhancement (HCE) applications and technologies have the potential to address significant societal challenges, ranging from ageing and well-being to increased economic competitiveness.

At the same time, there are considerable ethical and social implications of HCE that warrant deliberation and discussion, particularly with regard to governance issues and policy-making. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has been proposed as a governance approach that aims to anticipate and assess potential implications of new and emerging science and technologies. RRI can be applied to the area of HCE as a means of working towards ethically sound and societally desirable research and development.

Report on RRI for HCEClare Shelly-Egan and Anders B. Hanssen
Research Group on Responsible Innovation
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Report on Responsible Research and Innovation for Human Cognitive Enhancement: Policy Brief