GradImpact: Research in Philosophy and Deep Brain Stimulation Could Help Parkinson’s Patients

    Tim Brown, a philosophy graduate student at the University of Washington, was awarded one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral Fellowship. The Humanities Without Walls consortium includes humanities centers at 15 research universities focused on collaborative research, teaching, and scholarship that require cross-institutional cooperation.


    Brown’s transdisciplinary research in neural engineering and the ethics of neuroscience focuses on how deep-brain stimulator systems help people with Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor manage symptoms. According to the UW website, “Devices like these may have the potential to profoundly change the user’s sense of self, feelings of self-control, or even their interpersonal relationships with family and friends.” Through interviews, Brown collects data on users’ experiences, “to challenge philosophical theories about autonomy, self-control, and personal identity.”


    Brown’s research is conducted as part of the Neuroethics Thrust within the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at the University of Washington. To learn more about Tim and his work, visit the University of Washington website.


    **Photo Credit: University of Washington

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