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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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International Neuroethics Society Annual Conference Travel Stipends

The Wellcome Trust is contributing five $1000 awards toward the cost of travel and accommodation for early-career researchers from UK/Europe to attend the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting. 

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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.

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Videos: televised debates on 'enhancement'

View online videos of Julian Savulescu discussing human enhancement technologies

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About

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.

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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.

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Related Projects

Intuition and Emotion in Moral Decision Making (Volkswagen Foundation)

 

Science and Religious Conflict (AHRC)

 

Neuroethics (Dana Foundation)