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Egenis seminar with Dr Caragh Brosnan 'The Meaning(s) of Ethics in Experimental Neuroscience'

Seminar   28.02.2011






Egenis seminar with Dr Caragh Brosnan, Research Fellow, Centre for Biomedicine & Society, School of Social Science & Public Policy, King's College London

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University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJRoom no: GF7, Byrne House

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Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pmAbstract:

The ethical issues raised by neuroscience are subject to increasing attention, seen, for example, in the emergence of the field of neuroethics. So far, much discussion has focused on the potential implications of neuroscientific developments for society and the future ethical dilemmas they may produce. Less attention has been paid to how ethics intersects with day-to-day work in neuroscience and how scientists themselves perceive the ethics of their research. This paper presents findings from a study which used observation and interviews to explore the meaning of ethics for researchers in a group conducting basic and clinical neuroscientific research. Participants assigned multiple meanings to ‘ethics’ and drew on a variety of value-systems, regulatory frameworks and bodies of knowledge to govern their research. How these neuroscientists experienced ‘ethical issues’ in the context of their work overlapped with but was distinct from the way ethical issues are constructed in the neuroethics literature. This finding has implications for neuroethics, but also more broadly for how ethics is understood to relate to science practice.

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