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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Neuroethics calls for short commentaries or full papers on the latest publication by Gilbert, Viana and Ineichen.

Deflating the “Deep brain stimulation causes personality changes” bubble? Examining possible ethics hype emerging from controversial evidence. CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 1 st, 2019

What is the empirical evidence that deep brain stimulation causes changes to personality, identity, agency, autonomy, authenticity and the self (PIAAAS)? Despite ongoing debates in neuroethics, a recent study published by Gilbert, Viaña, and Ineichen found only a limited amount of empirical evidence corroborating a link between deep brain stimulation and post-operative changes on PIAAAS.

According to the study’s findings, some neuroethicists and philosophers have ignored many primary conclusions from empirical studies, overestimated and distorted empirical data, or cited secondary accounts with limited scrutiny.

The journal Neuroethics invites submissions addressing, disputing, or extending the findings of and/or arguments presented in the paper of Gilbert, Viaña, and Ineichen, which is freely available here. It also welcoms submissions that discuss the extent to which controversial empirical findings should be central to reflection and the role of hype-infused speculation in normative enquiry.

Short comments or full papers will be considered. Submissions are due by February 1st 2019. Manuscripts should be submitted to Neuroethics online at: Please submit papers using the “SI: DBS and controversial evidence” submission code under “article type”. Manuscripts should be of a high quality and will be subject to the normal peer review process of Neuroethics.