AJOB Neuroscience.

What Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy Can Tell Us About the Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on the Self

The articles by Goering, Klein, Dougherty, and Widge and Gilbert and colleagues are impressive examples of how a psychiatric intervention like deep brain stimulation (DBS) touches upon deep neuroscientific and neurophilosophical issues. Briefly, Gilbert and colleagues investigate subjective experience of the self and report self-estrangement in some DBS patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), while Goering, Klein, Dougherty, and Widge discuss the feasibility of closed-loop DBS and its potential effects on personal identity and agency. I highlight two areas for discussion: (i) neuroscientific and neurophilosophical determination of self and self-estrangement, and (ii) neuronal mechanisms of closed-loop DBS and their involvement of the self.

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Volume 8, Issue 2
June 2017

Target Articles.

Staying in the Loop: Relational Agency and Identity in Next-Generation DBS for Psychiatry Sara Goering, Eran Klein, Darin D. Dougherty & Alik S. Widge
I Miss Being Me: Phenomenological Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation Frederic Gilbert , Eliza Goddard , John Noel M. ViaƱa , Adrian Carter & Malcolm Horne