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Recent years have seen enormous demand amongst policy makers for new insights from the behavioural sciences, especially neuroscience. This demand is matched by an increasing willingness on behalf of behavioural scientists to translate the policy implications of their work. But can neuroscience really help shape the governance of a nation? Or does this represent growing misuse of neuroscience to attach scientific authority to policy, plus a clutch of neuroscientists trying to overstate their findings for a taste of power?

Original publication




Journal article


Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Publication Date





449 - 451


Center for Information and Neural Networks, Osaka University, 1-3 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 5650871, Japan.


Humans, Decision Making, Choice Behavior, Behavioral Sciences, Neurosciences, Public Policy, Policy Making