Addiction Neuroethics

The ethics of addiction neuroscience research and treatment

Edited by

  • Adrian Carter, School of Psychological Science, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Wayne Hall, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia
  • Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Research increasingly suggests that addiction has a genetic and neurobiological basis, but efforts to translate research into effective clinical treatments and social policy needs to be informed by careful ethical analyses of the personal and social implications. Scientists and policy makers alike must consider possible unintended negative consequences of neuroscience research so that the promise of reducing the burden and incidence of addiction can be fully realized and new advances translated into clinically meaningful and effective treatments.

This volume brings together leading addiction researchers and practitioners with neuroethicists and social scientists to specifically discuss the ethical, philosophical, legal and social implications of neuroscience research of addiction, as well as its translation into effective, economical and appropriate policy and treatments. Chapters explore the history of ideas about addiction, the neuroscience of drug use and addiction, prevention and treatment of addiction, the moral implications of addiction neuroscience, legal issues and human rights, research ethics, and public policy.

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Researchers and graduate students in neuroscience and neuroethics/biomedical ethics; clinicians involved in the treatment of addiction disorders; addiction researchers from neuroscience & psychology


Book information

  • Published: October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385973-0

Table of Contents

  1. Brain Imaging in Addiction
  2. Molecular Neuroscience and Genetics
  3. Treating Opioid Dependence with Opioids: Exploring the Ethics
  4. Addiction Neuroscience and Tobacco Control
  5. Emerging Neurobiological Treatments of Addiction: Ethical and Public Policy Considerations
  6. Technical, Ethical, and Social Issues in the Bioprediction of Addiction Liability and Treatment Response
  7. Autonomy, Responsibility, and the Oscillation of Preference
  8. Consent and Coercion in Addiction Treatment
  9. Toward a Lay Descriptive Account of Identity in Addiction Neuroethics
  10. The Impact of Changes in Neuroscience and Research Ethics on the Intellectual History of Addiction Research
  11. The Diction of Addiction at the Intersection of Law and Neuroscience
  12. Social Epistemology: Communicating Neuroscience
  13. Population Approaches to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs: Effectiveness, Ethics, and Interplay with Addiciton Neuroscience
  14. Legal Regulations of Addictive Substances and Addiction
  15. Investment and Vested Interests in Neuroscience Research of Addiction: Ethical Research Requires More than Informed Consent
  16. Private and Public Approaches to Addiction Treatment: Evidence and Beliefs