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Direct Brain Interventions to "Treat" Disfavored Human Behaviors: Ethical and Social Issues

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Publication Date: 
March 06, 2012
Format: 
Journal Article
Bibliography: Hank Greely, Direct Brain Interventions to "Treat" Disfavored Human Behaviors: Ethical and Social Issues, 91 Clincal Pharmacology and Therapeutics 163 (2012).

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As neuroscience learns more about the causes of human behaviors, it will give us new ways to change those behaviors. When behaviors are caused by “brain diseases,” effective actions that intervene directly in the brain will be readily accepted, but what about direct brain interventions that treat brain-based causes of socially disfavored behaviors that are not generally viewed as diseases?