Addiction Neuroethics: The ethics of addiction neuroscience research and treatment

Other | October 4, 2011

byAdrian Carter, Adrian Carter, Wayne Hall...

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Research increasingly suggests that addiction has a genetic and neurobiological basis, but efforts to translate research into effective clinical treatments and social policy needs to be informed by careful ethical analyses of the personal and social implications. Scientists and policy makers alike must consider possible unintended negative consequences of neuroscience research so that the promise of reducing the burden and incidence of addiction can be fully realized and new advances translated into clinically meaningful and effective treatments.

This volume brings together leading addiction researchers and practitioners with neuroethicists and social scientists to specifically discuss the ethical, philosophical, legal and social implications of neuroscience research of addiction, as well as its translation into effective, economical and appropriate policy and treatments. Chapters explore the history of ideas about addiction, the neuroscience of drug use and addiction, prevention and treatment of addiction, the moral implications of addiction neuroscience, legal issues and human rights, research ethics, and public policy.



  • Features outstanding and truly international scholarship, with chapters written by leading experts in neuroscience, addiction medicine, psychology and more
  • Informs psychologists of related research in neuroscience and vice versa, giving researchers easy one-stop access to knowledge outside their area of specialty

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Research increasingly suggests that addiction has a genetic and neurobiological basis, but efforts to translate research into effective clinical treatments and social policy needs to be informed by careful ethical analyses of the personal and social implications. Scientists and policy makers alike must consider possible unintended nega...

Professor in the Department of Neurology and Research Chair in Neuroethics for the University of British Columbia, Dr. Illes is also Co-founder and Executive Committee Member for the Neuroethics Society. She is one of the leading voices in neuroethics today and has published extensively in this realm (Editor: Handbook of Neuroethics/20...

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Format:OtherDimensions:346 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

  1. Brain Imaging in Addiction
  2. Molecular Neuroscience and Genetics
  3. Treating Opioid Dependence with Opioids: Exploring the Ethics
  4. Addiction Neuroscience and Tobacco Control
  5. Emerging Neurobiological Treatments of Addiction: Ethical and Public Policy Considerations
  6. Technical, Ethical, and Social Issues in the Bioprediction of Addiction Liability and Treatment Response
  7. Autonomy, Responsibility, and the Oscillation of Preference
  8. Consent and Coercion in Addiction Treatment
  9. Toward a Lay Descriptive Account of Identity in Addiction Neuroethics
  10. The Impact of Changes in Neuroscience and Research Ethics on the Intellectual History of Addiction Research
  11. The Diction of Addiction at the Intersection of Law and Neuroscience
  12. Social Epistemology: Communicating Neuroscience
  13. Population Approaches to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs: Effectiveness, Ethics, and Interplay with Addiciton Neuroscience
  14. Legal Regulations of Addictive Substances and Addiction
  15. Investment and Vested Interests in Neuroscience Research of Addiction: Ethical Research Requires More than Informed Consent
  16. Private and Public Approaches to Addiction Treatment: Evidence and Beliefs