Stimulating Brains, Altering Minds
Journal of Medical Ethics 2009 May; 35(5): 289-292
Deep-brain stimulation has been used to treat advanced Parkinson disease and other neurological and psychiatric disorders that have not responded to other treatments. While deep-brain stimulation can modulate overactive or underactive regions of the brain and thereby improve motor function, it can also cause changes in a patient's thought and personality. This paper discusses the trade-offs between the physiological benefit of this technique and the potential psychological harm.
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Glannon, Walter (2009-07)Many neuroscientists have claimed that our minds are just a function of and thus reducible to our brains. I challenge neuroreductionism by arguing that the mind emerges from and is shaped by interaction among the brain, ...