Ethical Issues in the Application and Prescription of CNS Interventions

2004 Virtual Mentor  
A neuroscientist and a sociologist discuss the ethical concerns with common neurological medicines that are used to enhance or change behavior. Abraham P. Schwab, PhD Farah MJ. Emerging ethical issues in neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience. 2002;5:1123-1129. Farah MJ and Wolpe PR. Monitoring and manipulating brain function: new neuroscience technologies and their ethical implications. Hastings Center Report. 2004;34(3):35-45. As our understanding of the brain and nervous system has advanced and
more » ... CNS treatments expand and improve, normal individuals have begun to use therapeutic treatments to enhance their existing capabilities. Neuroscientist Martha J. Farah has published 2 articles [1] (1 with sociologist Paul Root Wolpe [2]) that start some meaningful conversations about the ethical issues raised by this developing practice as well as the growing use of brain-reading (translating neuroimages to psychological characteristics).
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