The Association of American Medical Colleges and Baylor College of Medicine sponsored a symposium to highlight the latest neurobiological and behavioral evidence demonstrating the effects of gifts, favors, and reciprocal relationships on human choices and behaviors. The evidence provides a scientific basis for reevaluating historic patterns of interaction between academic medicine and the pharmaceutical and device industries and discussion of the latest scientific research documenting the role played by unconscious influences that affect behavior and may lead to unwitting conflicts of interest.
The symposium presentations suggested that current mechanisms for ensuring objectivity in medical research, education and practice may not adequately take into account the biological and behavioral processes at work in the human brain/mind that influence judgment.
The meeting, entitled "Symposium on the Scientific Basis of Influence and Reciprocity," was held in Washington on June 12, 2007.
The Association of American Medical Colleges completed a meeting report entitled, "The Scientific Basis of Influence and Reciprocity: A Symposium."