Dr. sc. ETH
Tel.: +41 44 634 40 81
Institut für Biomedizinische Ethik
I studied philosophy (main subject), physics, mathematics and biology at the University of Berne (1989-1996). During 1996 to 2001, I worked as a project manager and (science) journalist. I obtained my PhD in Neuroinformatics at the ETH Zurich (2001-2006, topic: The role of spike patterns in neuronal information processing. A historically embedded conceptual clarification). Further engagements: Summer School of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute (2002), Predoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of the History of Science in Berlin (2005). From 2007 to 2010, I was postdoctoral researcher at the Graduate Program of Interdisciplinary Ethics Research of the URPP Ethics, University of Zurich (project: The neuroscientific investigation of the moral agent) and from 2011 to 2012, I was Visiting Scholar at the Psychology Department of the University of Notre Dame (Moral Psychology Lab of Darcia Narvaez.
- Christen M, Müller S (in press): Expanding DBS indications: Remind the consequences of establishing a therapeutic practice. AJOB Neuroscience
- Christen M, Vitacco DA, Huber L, Harboe J, Fabrikant S, Brugger P (2013): Colorful brains. 14 years of display practice in functional neuroimaging. NeuroImage 73: 30-39.
- Christen M, Faller F, Götz U, Müller C (2012): Serious Moral Games. Erfassung und Vermittlung moralischer Werte durch Videospiele. Edition ZHdK
- Christen M, Narvaez D (2012): Moral Development in Early Childhood is the Key for Moral Enhancement. AJOB Neuroscience 3(4), 25-26.
- Van den Hoven J, Helbing D, Pedreschi D, Domingo-Ferrer J, Gianotti F, Christen M (2012): FuturICT - The Road towards Ethical ICT. European Physical Journal - Special Topics 214: 153–181.
Please find here the complete publications list
- Neuroethics: Ethical issues of neuroscience, in particular deep brain stimulation and effects of lesions on moral agency
- Empirical Ethics: Experimental methodologies for investigating moral agency, in particular the use of computer games (serious moral games) and simulation methods (agent-based modeling).
- Moral Intelligence: Modeling of human moral agency, developing tools for improving moral competences, in particular moral sensibility.
- Methodology and History of Neuroscience: Methodological problems in investigating complex human behavior in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, history of technological interventions into the brain, history of social neuroscience
- Information technology and medicine: Analyzing the framing of human (moral) behavior in medicine and beyond through ICT, in particular information security and autonomous technological systems
Please find here more information on my research projects
- Endre Bangerter (Bern University of Applied Sciences: ICT and Medicine)
- Peter Brugger (University Hospital Zurich: Methodology and History of Neuroscience)
- Florian Faller, Ulrich Götz, Cornelius Müller (Art University of Zurich: Serious Moral Games)
- Sabine Müller (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Neuroethics of DBS)
- Thomas Ott (Zurich University of Applied Sciences: Empirical Ethics
- Darcia Narvaez (University of Notre Dame, USA: Moral psychology
- Carmen Tanner (University of Zurich: Moral Intelligence)
Current research projects
- Clinical and Ethical Aspects of Deep Brain Stimulation (ID Forschungsdatenbank: 15376)
- Serious Moral Games: Scenario Development and Validation (ID Forschungsdatenbank: 15381)
- Optimization of the Online Idea-Generation Process for Innovations (ID Forschungsdatenbank: 15677)
- Development of a tool for measuring moral sensibility (ID Forschungsdatenbank: 15682)
- Intellectual humility - the elusive measure (ID Forschungsdatenbank: 18331)