Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Social and Ethical Challenges of Neurotechnology: A Comparative Press Content Analysis

Fellow: Eric Racine, PhD
Director, Program in Neuroethics: Judy Illes, PhD

DATES: 02/01/05-07/01/06

FUNDER: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Increasing concerns for ethical and responsible use of neuroscience-based technologies such as brain-machine interfaces, transcranial magnetic stimulation, Positron Emission Tomography and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging are being voiced both within and outside the neuroscience community. As shown by the history of neuroscience itself, popular depiction of science in print media can have a role in shaping ethical debates and public acceptance of biomedical innovation. In this respect, the rigorous and systematic analysis of print media represents an invaluable source in pinpointing shortcomings in terms of public understanding of science. Increased insight can also be gained into the ethical and social issues of science and technology. The goal of this project is to identify, analyze and compare social and ethical issues raised by modern neurotechnology in samples of international English-language press.  


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