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Neuroethical Considerations Regarding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Stieg, Chuck (2008) Neuroethical Considerations Regarding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. [Conference Poster] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Along with advances in brain technologies comes the ability to enhance the cognitive and affective states of normal people. In this essay, I examine a relatively young technology used in cognitive neuroscience called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). I explain what it is, how it works and what some of its applications are. I suggest that a potential source of reservation one might have regarding brain-altering enhancement is the threat it seemingly poses to the subjective importance of mental states. I then consider the possibility of its being used as an enhancement device and question the authenticity of abilities of individuals that are enhanced by use of TMS. I conclude that judgments regarding the appropriateness of such neurocognitive enhancements should be considered on a case by case basis.

Item Type:Conference Poster
Keywords:Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, neuroethics, enhancement, technology, neuropsychiatry
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Neuroscience > Neuropsychiatry
ID Code:6172
Deposited By:Stieg, Chuck
Deposited On:24 Aug 2008 11:57
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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