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Deep brain stimulation: Inducing self-estrangement


Gilbert, F, Deep brain stimulation: Inducing self-estrangement, Neuroethics, 11, (2) pp. 157-165. ISSN 1874-5490 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s12152-017-9334-7


Despite growing evidence that a significant number of patients living with Parkisonís disease experience neuropsychiatric changes following Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) treatment, the phenomenon remains poorly understood and largely unexplored in the literature. To shed new light on this phenomenon, we used qualitative methods grounded in phenomenology to conduct in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 17 patients living with Parkinsonís Disease who had undergone DBS. Our study found that patients appear to experience postoperative DBS-induced changes in the form of self-estrangement. Using the insights from patientsí subjective perceptions of postoperative self-change provides a potent explanation of potential DBS-induced self-estrangement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:deep brain stimulation, estrangement, identity, neuropsychiatric effects, Parkinsonís disease, personality, phenomenology, responsibility, self, self-report
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Ethical use of new technology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Bioethics
UTAS Author:Gilbert, F (Dr Frederic Gilbert)
ID Code:122775
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE150101390)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-28
Last Modified:2018-08-08

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