Wednesday, December 14, 2005

New book: Neuroethics - Defining the issues in theory, practice, and policy

While browsing through the Stanford site, I noticed that Illes has edited a book on neuroethics. Why, that's just what we need! I'm going to get a hold of OUP and have them send me a review copy! Hopefully, I'll be able to send some thoughts about this book very soon. Gazzaethics parts 2-4 still awaits, and will be sent out soon.

Here is what it says on

  • Neuroethics is rapidly developing into a major field in its own right, as new neuroscientific techniques continue to cast light on human behaviour
  • This first volume on neuroethics brings together a stellar list of contributors to form a ground-breaking interdisciplinary introduction to the field
  • Includes forewords from Colin Blakemore and Arthur Caplan
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 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.

Readership: Neuroscientists, bioethicists, cognitive psychologists, philosophers of law and mind

Readership: Neuroscientists, bioethicists, cognitive psychologists, philosophers of law and mind


* Part I - Neuroscience, ethics, agency and the self
* 1 Patricia S. Churchland: Moral decision-making and the brain
* 2 Adina Roskies: A case study in neuroethics: the nature of moral judgment
* 3 Stephen J. Morse: Moral and legal responsibility and the new neuroscience
* 4 Thomas Buller: Brains, lies and psychological explanations
* 5 Laurie Zoloth: Being in the world: neuroscience and the ethical agent
* 6 Erik Parens: Creativity, gratitude and the enhancement debate:
* 7 Agnieszka Jaworska: Ethical dilemmas in neurodegenerative disease: respecting patients at the twlight of agency
* Part II - Neuroethics in practice
* 8 Ronald M. Green: From genome to brainome: charting the lessons learned
* 9 Franklin G. Miller & Joseph Fins: Protecting human subjects in brain research: a pragmatic perspective
* 10 Michael S. Gazzaniga: Facts, fictions and the future of neuroethics
* 11 Judy Illes, Eric Racine & Matthew P. Kirschen: A picture is worth 1000 words, but which 1000?
* 12 Turhan Canli: When genes and brains unite: ethical implications of genomic neuroimaging
* 13 Kenneth R. Foster: Engineering the brain
* 14 Megan S. Steven & Alvaro Pascual-Leone: Transcranial magnetic stimulation and the human brain: an ethical evaluation
* 15 Paul J. Ford & Jaimie Henderson: Functional neurosurgical intervention: neuroethics in the operating room
* 16 Robert Klitzman: Clinicians, patients and the brain
* Part III - Justice, social institutions and neuroethics
* 17 Henry Greely: The social effects of advances in neuroscience: legal problems, legal perspectives
* 19 Martha J. Farah, Kimberly G. Noble and Hallam Hurt: Poverty, privilege and brain development: empirical findings and ethical implications
* 20 Paul Root Wolpe: Religious responses to neuroscientific questions
* 21 Maren Grainger-Monsen & Kim Karetsky: The mind in the movies: a neuroethical analysis of the portrayal of the mind in popular media


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