Shaping Children

Ethical and Social Questions that Arise when Enhancing the Young

  • Saskia K. Nagel

Part of the Advances in Neuroethics book series (AIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Saskia K. Nagel
    Pages 1-8
  3. Perspectives on the Specific Value of Childhood: Self-Control, Autonomy, and Naturalness

  4. Learning from Perspectives of the Publics

  5. Perspectives on Implications for Parenting, Education, and Policy

About this book


The volume offers a unique collection of articles on pediatric neuroenhancement from an international and multidisciplinary perspective. In recent years, the topic of “neuroenhancement” has become increasingly relevant in academia and practice, as well as among the public. While autonomous adults are free to choose neuroenhancement, in children it presents its own ethical, social, legal, and developmental issues. A plethora of potential (neurotechnological) enhancement agents are on the market. While the manifold issues surrounding the topic have been extensively discussed, there is little work on the specific questions that arise in children and adolescents. This book addresses this gap in the literature: Next to conceptual and normative work on autonomy and self-control, the collection explores the implications for parenting and schooling, and provides input for a discussion of public attitudes. It is a valuable resource for the different academic communities confronted with questions of how to evaluate and approach enhancement in children and is of interest to neuroethicists, scholars in applied ethics and neurology, psychiatrists and psychologists as well as scientists developing enhancement interventions for children.


neuroethics enhancement childhood and adolescence autonomy psychopharmacology policy-making

Editors and affiliations

  • Saskia K. Nagel
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Technology Center, RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-10676-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-10677-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5677
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5685
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