Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Theory, Practice, and Policy

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Judy Illes
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 329 pages
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 imaging make 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 brain imaging?

These compelling questions and many more are tackled by a distinguished group of contributors to this, the first-ever 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, religion and 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.



Moral decisionmaking and the brain
A case study of neuroethics the nature of moral judgment
Moral and legal responsibility and the new neuroscience
Brains lies and psychological explanations
Being in the world neuroscience and the ethical agent
Creativity gratitude and the enhancement debate
Ethical dilemmas in neurodegenerative disease respecting patients at the twilight of agency
Neuroethics in practice

From genome to brainome charting the lessons learned
Protecting human subjects in brain research a pragmatic perspective
Facts fictions and the future of neuroethics
A picture is worth 1000 words but which 1000?
When genes and brains unite ethical implications of genomic neuroimaging

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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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