Neuroethics & Philosophy

The field of neural engineering is rapidly introducing new devices, techniques and tools that interact with people’s brain and nervous system. Any technology that interfaces with a person’s sensory or motor functions can potentially affect that person. Each new discovery has ethical implications, some which may have never been explored previously.

  • Art+Science = Neuroethics - features interviews with UW Professor Sara Goering, CSNE neuroethics leader and UW Professor Tom Daniel. The video provides an introduction to ethical considerations related to neural engineering devices and technologies. 
  • Neuroscience for Kids offers questions to guide a discussion about some of the ethical issues involved in neuroscience and neural engineering. 
  • Philosophy for Kids: Sparking a Love of Learning - This TEDxOverlake talk by Professor Goering explores how philosophy can inspire a love for learning in children.
  • Neurotechnology and Neuroethics - an American Psychological Association talk by CSNE Executive Director Dr. Eric Chudler.
  • CSNE researchers and Sami Ayele, Young Scholars Program '14, developed a series of case studies in neuroethics. The six fictional cases and accompanying questions can be used to prompt discussions.
  • The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research offers a series of free bioethics curriculum through its Teacher Center. The materials are geared towards students in grades seven to 12 and include: Bioethics 101, The Nature of Scientific Research, Animals in Research and Humans in Research. NWABR also has a Bioethics Primer. All materials may be downloaded directly from the site.