This month, KIE Deputy Director of Reference for the Bioethics Research Library Martina Darragh published A four-part working bibliography of neuroethics: part 3 – “second tradition neuroethics” – ethical issues in neuroscience in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. She is joined by Dr. James Giordano, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and frequent KIE collaborator, as well as Amanda Martin and Kira Becker, associates of the Pellegrino Center.
As a discipline, neuroethics addresses and engages a number of topics that are generated by the intersection of brain science and applications in philosophy, medicine, law, public life, and society (on the local and global scales). In Part 2 of this bibliography, the group provided a list of works in the scholarly literature that address the neuroscientific basis of moral decision-making and actions. In Part 3, the group presents a listing of works that discuss the “ethics of neuroscience,” namely those issues, questions and dilemmas generated by current and proposed neuroscientific research and its varied uses.
To complete a systematic survey of the neuroethics literature, 19 databases and 4 individual open-access journals were employed. Searches were conducted using the indexing language of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). A Python code was used to eliminate duplications in the final bibliography.
This bibliography consists of 1137 papers, 56 books, and 134 book chapters published from 2002 through 2014, covering ethical issues in neuroimaging, neurogenetics, neurobiomarkers, neuro-psychopharmacology, brain stimulation, neural stem cells, neural tissue transplants, pediatric-specific issues, dual-use, and general neuroscience research issues. These works contain explanations of recent research regarding neurotechnology, while exploring ethical issues in future discoveries and use.