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Intervention in the Brain: Politics, Policy, and Ethics


Giselsson, K, Intervention in the Brain: Politics, Policy, and Ethics, Neuroethics, 7, (2) pp. 247-249. ISSN 1874-5490 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s12152-013-9194-8


This book begins well. Blank first gives, for the benefit of lay readers and those unfamiliar with the area of neuroscience, a brief but informative description of the structure and workings of the brain itself. He then goes on to offer an overview of the current state of brain intervention ranging from direct brain intervention (electroconvulsive therapy, electronic and magnetic stimulation, psychosurgery and neural implants), psychotropic drugs, the use of virtual reality, nootropics and neurogenetics. Blank offers a concise summary and evaluation of each of these methods, outlining both potential benefits and risks. He makes the important point that most of these methods, however, do not present a cure, but rather are aimed at altering behaviour, raising the important question as the ethics of behavioural control for social convenience particularly in relation to the vulnerable, such as the management of children with ADHD.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:book review, politics, policy, ethics
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Social and political philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Giselsson, K (Dr Kristi Giselsson)
ID Code:119388
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-07-31

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