The Ethical and Regulatory Issues Raised by Non-Therapeutic use of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Devices
Stimulating debate on the commercial sale and promotion of brain stimulation devices for performance enhancement
There is growing interest in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) devices (e.g. transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation), to enhance cognition in healthy individuals, called “electrodoping”. This raises important ethical issues that include: fairness and equity, cheating and praise for achievement, professional ethical codes, and safety and efficacy. These devices are sold online with little or no evidence of safety or efficacy. Regulation of the sale, promotion and use of these medical devices is not keeping up with these developments. This project will examine the ethical and regulatory issues raised by electrodoping using qualitative studies with relevant stakeholders (e.g. clinicians, users, policy makers).
This study is conducted with colleagues at the Centre for Health Law, La Trobe University, Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre, and Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney.