Reciprocity Reciprocity and Neuroscience in Public Health Law

A.M. Viens

in Law and Neuroscience

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599844
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725227 | DOI:

Series: Current Legal Issues

Reciprocity Reciprocity and Neuroscience in Public Health Law

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There is an underdeveloped potential for using neuroscience as a particular input in the process of law-making. This chapter examines one such instance in the area of public health law. Neuroscience could play an important role in elucidating and strengthening the relevance of the conditions underlying and re-enforcing our ability to cooperate in balancing the benefits and burdens necessary to achieve particular goods; for instance, the protection of public health in an outbreak of pandemic influenza. In particular, the chapter focuses on how a better understanding of the neurobiological basis of reciprocity could be used to help increase support and compliance with public health laws — especially those involving restrictive measures (such as quarantine and isolation).

Keywords: neuroscience; law-making; public health law; pandemic influenza; restrictive measures

Chapter.  4805 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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