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Rethinking Cognitive Enhancement

Ruud ter Meulen, Ahmed Mohammed, and Wayne Hall


In view of the high expectations of cognitive enhancement and concerns about the potential risks of using cognitive technologies, this book critically engages with the scientific and ethical issues in cognitive enhancement. The book aims to inform critical readers and the public of the risks as well as the promises of cognitive enhancement. The book starts with reviewing the experimental (and other empirical) evidence regarding the possible improvements of human cognition by the use of neuropharmacological drugs, the limitations and possible side effects of the use of these drugs. The second m ... More

Keywords: ethics, neuroethics, cognitive enhancement, public health, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198727392
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruud ter Meulen, editor
Professor of Ethics in Medicine, Centre for Ethics in Medicine, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK

Ahmed Mohammed, editor
Post-Doctoral Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK and Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand

Wayne Hall, editor
Professor and Director, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland, Australia and National Addiction Centre, Kings College London, UK

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Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Introduction

Ruud ter Meulen, Ahmed Dahir Mohamed, and Wayne Hall

Part II Risk and benefits of the use of neuropharmacological drugs for cognitive enhancement

Chapter 4 Neuroenhancement: a call for better evidence on safety and efficacy

Charles F. Massie, Eric M. Yamga, and Brendon P. Boot 1

Chapter 10 Debunking the ethical neuroenhancement debate

Stephan Schleim and Boris B. Quednow

Part III Ethical, philosophical, legal, and policy issues of cognitive enhancement

End Matter