Not logged in.

Contribution Details

Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Ethical challenges of simulation-driven big neuroscience
Organization Unit
  • Markus Christen
  • Nikola Biller-Andorno
  • Berit Brindegad
  • Kevin Grimes
  • Julian Savulesku
  • Henrik Walter
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title AJOB Neuroscience
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 2150-7759
Volume 7
Number 1
Page Range 5 - 17
Date 2016
Abstract Text Research in neuroscience traditionally relies on rather small groups that deal with different questions on all levels of neuronal organization. Recent funding initiatives—notably the European “Human Brain Project” (HBP)—aim to promote Big Neuroscience for integrating research and unifying knowledge. This approach is characterized by two aspects: first, by many interacting researchers from various disciplines that deal with heterogeneous data and are accountable to a large public funding source; and second, by a decisive role of information and communication technology (ICT) as an instrument not only to perform but also to structure and guide scientific activities, for example, through simulations in the case of the HBP. We argue that Big Neuroscience comes along with specific ethical challenges. By examining the justification of Big Neuroscience and the role and effects of ICT on social interaction of researchers and knowledge production, we provide suggestions to address these challenges.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1080/21507740.2015.1135831
PDF File Download from ZORA
Export BibTeX
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in AJOB Neuroscience on April 4, 2016, available online: