Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity in Neuroscience

Leefmann J, Jungert M (2019)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Book chapter / Article in edited volumes

Publication year: 2019

Publisher: Springer

Edited Volumes: Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity

Series: Springer Reference

City/Town: Cham

Pages Range: 1-23

ISBN: 978-3-319-76040-7

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76040-7_44-1


With the rise of neuroethics as a research field of its own since the early 2000s, ethical questions concerning the neurosciences have become a major focus of bioethical debate. Yet, the neuroethical discourse has primarily focused on ethical, legal, and social implications of the products of neuroscience research such as clinical interventions and neuro-technologies. Ethical questions concerning the research process in neuroscience have, however, been largely neglected. While topics such as the ethics of test-person recruitment and informed consent procedures, ethics of data sharing and authorship, responsibility for dual use of research results, or the role of ethical review boards are to a large part coextensive with questions in research ethics in other areas of the life sciences, there are still a number of topics distinctive of neuroscience research ethics. These topics will be the focus of this chapter. We will review the debate on disclosure of incidental findings in neuroimaging, discuss the ambivalent role of neuroscience research for informing the ethical standards of animal testing, and finally turn to the debate about responsible research communication and interdisciplinary trespassing in a time of increased public interest in neuroscience research and imagination about its potential social and cultural consequences.

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Leefmann, J., & Jungert, M. (2019). Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity in Neuroscience. In Ron Iphofen (Eds.), Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. (pp. 1-23). Cham: Springer.


Leefmann, Jon, and Michael Jungert. "Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity in Neuroscience." Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. Ed. Ron Iphofen, Cham: Springer, 2019. 1-23.

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