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Human Enhancement for the Common Good: Using New Technologies to Improve Eyewitness Memory


Anton H. Vedder


Tilburg Law School

Laura Klaming


Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT); Tilburg University - Private Law Department

December 11, 2012

AJOB Neuroscience, 2010, Vol. 1, N. 3, pp. 22-33
Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 14/2012

Abstract:     
Neurotechnologies that are currently applied to treat a range of neurological and psychiatric diseases were found to have a number of positive side effects on cognitive functioning in healthy individuals. Consequently, these neurotechnologies could in theory be used for cognitive enhancement purposes, for instance the improvement of eyewitness memory. Improving the process of collecting eyewitness testimony would be of great value and is an example of cognitive enhancement for the common good. In the present paper, we discuss the epistemological and ethical issues such use raises. These issues are not only critical to using neurotechnologies to improve eyewitness memory, but have a wider scope. By discussing enhancement for a purpose that is not primarily self-regarding or self-serving but potentially benefits the society as a whole, we reflect on the consequences of accepting enhancement for the common good for the acceptability of cognitive enhancement in general.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: neurocognitive enhancement, common good, transcranial magnetic stimulation, eyewitness evidence, epistemology

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Date posted: January 15, 2013  

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Vedder, Anton H. and Klaming, Laura, Human Enhancement for the Common Good: Using New Technologies to Improve Eyewitness Memory (December 11, 2012). AJOB Neuroscience, 2010, Vol. 1, N. 3, pp. 22-33; Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 14/2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2187841

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Anton H. Vedder (Contact Author)
Tilburg Law School ( email )
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P.O. Box 90153
NL-5000 LE Tilburg
Netherlands
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+31 13 466 8149 (Fax)
Laura Klaming
Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )
P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands
Tilburg University - Private Law Department ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
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