Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Neuroethics: Spreading the word to the world

There is an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience by Illes et al. on neuroethics. The article especially focuses on how neuroscience is presented to the public, e.g. through media, and how this practice differs throughout the world. It is interesting to see how neuroethical discussions and the distribution of neuroscience knowledge differs, from Sweden to Venezuela. Not only are the practices spread, but the initiatives are very different both in terms of who initiates the process and what the motivation is.

These divergent initiatives should probably all be implemented around the world, and should be a source of inspiration for how to involve the broader public in discussing neuroscience.

Read also more about Judy Illes here, and remember to visit the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

International perspectives on engaging the public in neuroethics
Judy Illes, Colin Blakemore, Mats G. Hansson, Takao K. Hensch, Alan Leshner, Gladys Maestre, Pierre Magistretti, Rémi Quirion and Piergiorgio Strata

Published online: 1st December 2005
p977 | doi: 10.1038/nrn1808

Our fascination with the workings of the human mind is an age-old phenomenon. During the past few years, the advancement of neuroscience research has captured the public's imagination and brought about an increasing awareness of the associated ethical, legal and social issues. Illes et al. present global initiatives for engaging the public on these issues and discuss the opportunities and challenges in the burgeoning field of neuroethics.
Abstract | Full text | PDF (110kb)

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