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

Judy Illes


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 ... More

Keywords: brain function, ethical implications, free will, brain imaging studies, ethical lessons

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judy Illes, editor
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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Part I Neuroscience, ethics, agency, and the self

Part II Neuroethics in practice

Chapter 11 A picture is worth 1000 words, but which 1000?

Judy Illes, Eric Racine, and Matthew P. Kirschen

Part III Justice, social institutions, and neuroethics

Chapter 18 Neuroethics in education

Kimberly Sheridan, Elena Zinchenko, and Howard Gardner

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