Evidence of a new and evolving discipline: Neuroethics literature, 2002–2007



The current study applies bibliometric techniques to the study of the emerging field of Neuroethics, which saw its official formation only seven years ago, in 2002. The object of Neuroethics as a discipline is to understand the impact that neuroscience and neurotechnology have on both the medical professions and society in general. The first goal of the studyis to identify and characterize the core literature of Neuroethics as it exists today; this segment of the research has been completed. The second goal of the studyis to track the gradual infusion of Neuroethics ideas into the general literature of Medical Ethics and Bioethics; this phase of the reseach is in progress.