The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics

Established in January 2009, The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics aims to address concerns about the effects neuroscience and neurotechnologies will have on various aspects of human life. Its research focuses on five key areas: cognitive enhancement; borderline consciousness and severe neurological impairment; free will, responsibility and addiction; the neuroscience of morality and decision making; applied neuroethics.  For more information...

Blog - Practical Ethics in the News

Researchers from the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Program on Ethics of the New Biosciences, the Future of Humanity Institute, and the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics provide a daily ethical analysis of science and technology currently in the news in our increasingly popular blog.

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2015 Wellcome & Loebel Lecture in Neuroethics

2015 Wellcome & Loebel Lecture in Neuroethics (Professor Shaun Nichols) resources now freely available.


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Leverhulme Trust Award

OUC has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to bring Professor Neil Levy to Oxford for two 5 month visits.


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Oxytocin paper freely available as "Editor's Pick"

A recent paper in Current Opinion in Psychiatry on the use of oxytocin to enhance relationships has been selected as "Editor's Pick" and is also currently the "Most Popular" (Most Viewed + 3rd Most Emailed) article on the site.




Neuroscience studies the brain and mind, and thereby some of the most profound aspects of human existence. In the last decade, advances in imaging and manipulating the brain have raised ethical challenges, particularly about the moral limits of the use of such technology, leading to the new discipline of neuroethics. The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, led by experts from ethics, philosophy of mind, neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry and legal theory, will be the first international centre in the UK dedicated to neuroethical research.



Neuroethics is arguably the most rapidly advancing and exciting field of research in biomedical ethics today because it addresses head-on the two most important subjects relevant to who we are and how we live: the brain and mind.