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Bioethics and the Brain$
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Walter Glannon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307788.001.0001

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 Pharmacological and Psychological Interventions

 Pharmacological and Psychological Interventions

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Bioethics and the Brain

Walter Glannon (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter assesses the potential benefits and harms of actual and possible uses of psychopharmacological agents for prevention, therapy, and enhancement. These include using drugs to prevent or erase memories of fear-arousing events. They also include drugs that could alter the neural circuitry of violent offenders. Placebos as a psychological intervention and their effects on the brain and mind are considered, focusing on whether it can be ethical to give placebos to treat symptoms associated with different medical conditions. Finally, possible off-label uses of drugs for enhancing cognition and mood are discussed.

Keywords:   psychopharmacological agents, drugs, placebos, brain, mind, off-label use, cognition, mood

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