Explore a Topic: Neuroethics
The Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society explores the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience. You can find open access scholarly publications, open education resources on neuroethics, a neuroethics MOOC, useful links related to neuroethics and more resources at their website.
“neuroethics — the examination of what is right and wrong and good and bad about the treatment of, perfection of, or unwelcome invasion of and worrisome manipulation of the human brain . . . it deals with our sense of self — and as such is central to our being. [It involves] . . . the misuse or abuse of power to change people's lives in the most personal and powerful way, or the failure to make the most of it.” William Safire, New York Times columnist, 2002
William Safire applied the term ‘neuroethics’ to the ethical issues involved with modern technologies in neurology. These include the use of psychopharmacology, brain imaging, and electrical stimulation of the brain.
Virtual Mentor: American Medical Association Journal on Medical Ethics Theme Issue: Ethical Issues in Neuroscience, August 2004