Neuroethics: Defining the issues in theory, practice, and policy

Paperback | October 26, 2005

EditorJudy Illes

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Recent advances in the brain sciences have dramatically improved our understanding of brain function. As we find out more and more about what makes us tick, we must stop and consider the ethical implications of this new found knowledge. Will having a new biology of the brain through imagingmake us less responsible for our behavior and lose our free will? Should certain brain scan studies be disallowed on the basis of moral grounds? Why is the media so interested in reporting results of brain imaging studies? What ethical lessons from the past can best inform the future of brainimaging? These compelling questions and many more are tackled by a distinguished group of contributors to this volume on neuroethics. The wide range of disciplinary backgrounds that the authors represent, from neuroscience, bioethics and philosophy, to law, social and health care policy, education, religionand film, allow for profoundly insightful and provocative answers to these questions, and open up the door to a host of new ones. The contributions highlight the timeliness of modern neuroethics today, and assure the longevity and importance of neuroethics for generations to come.

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Recent advances in the brain sciences have dramatically improved our understanding of brain function. As we find out more and more about what makes us tick, we must stop and consider the ethical implications of this new found knowledge. Will having a new biology of the brain through imagingmake us less responsible for our behavior and ...

Judy Illes is at Senior Research Scholar and Director, Program for Neuroethics, Center for Biomedical Ethics; Senior Research Scholar, Department of Radiology, Stanford University, California, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.81 inPublished:October 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I - Neuroscience, ethics, agency and the self1. Patricia S. Churchland: Moral decision-making and the brain2. Adina Roskies: A case study in neuroethics: the nature of moral judgment3. Stephen J. Morse: Moral and legal responsibility and the new neuroscience4. Thomas Buller: Brains, lies and psychological explanations5. Laurie Zoloth: Being in the world: neuroscience and the ethical agent6. Erik Parens: Creativity, gratitude and the enhancement debate:7. Agnieszka Jaworska: Ethical dilemmas in neurodegenerative disease: respecting patients at the twlight of agencyPart II - Neuroethics in practice8. Ronald M. Green: From genome to brainome: charting the lessons learned9. Franklin G. Miller and Joseph Fins: Protecting human subjects in brain research: a pragmatic perspective10. Michael S. Gazzaniga: Facts, fictions and the future of neuroethics11. Judy Illes, Eric Racine and Matthew P. Kirschen: A picture is worth 1000 words, but which 1000?12. Turhan Canli: When genes and brains unite: ethical implications of genomic neuroimaging13. Kenneth R. Foster: Engineering the brain14. Megan S. Steven and Alvaro Pascual-Leone: Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain: an ethical evaluation15. Paul J. Ford and Jaimie Henderson: Functional neurosurgical intervention: neuroethics in the operating room16. Robert Klitzman: Clinicians, patients and the brainPart III - Justice, social institutions and neuroethics17. Henry Greely: The social effects of advances in neuroscience: legal problems, legal perspectives19. Martha J. Farah, Kimberly G. Noble and Hallam Hurt: Poverty, privilege and brain development: empirical findings and ethical implications20. Paul Root Wolpe: Religious responses to neuroscientific questions21. Maren Grainger-Monsen and Kim Karetsky: The mind in the movies: a neuroethical analysis of the portrayal of the mind in popular media

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"All the papers are lucid and thoughtful contributions, and the book deserves to stand as the state of the art in the field for some time to come. It will certainly be an invaluable textbook for anyone teaching this material...I recommend it very highly."--Lancet Neurology