The warrior in the machine: neuroscience goes to war

  • A Corrigendum to this article was published on 21 January 2015


Ever since Stone Age men discovered that knapping flint produced sharp stone edges that could be used in combat as well as for cooking and hunting, technological advances of all kinds have been adapted and adopted by the military.The opportunities provided by modern neuroscience are proving no exception, but their application in a military context is accompanied by complex practical and ethical considerations.

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Figure 1: The 'dose–response' problem.
Figure 2: Adoption and use by the military of discoveries and innovations in neuroscience.


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Tracey, I., Flower, R. The warrior in the machine: neuroscience goes to war. Nat Rev Neurosci 15, 825–834 (2014).

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