Dr. sc. ETH
Senior Research Fellow
Telephone: +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. Besides my affiliation to the IBME, I’m managing the research network “Ethics of Monotoring and Surveillance” (NEMOS) at the University Research Priority Program Ethics.
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The Zurich Research Group in Neuroethics investigates ethical issues of neuroscience with a particular focus on technological (e.g., deep brain stimulation) and methodological (e.g., neuroimaging) questions. We also analyze and develop experimental methods for investigating moral agency as well as tools for improving moral competences (e.g., serious moral games).
Members and collaboration partners
- Peter Brugger (University Hospital Zurich)
- Florian Faller, Ulrich Götz, (Art University of Zurich)
- Christian Ineichen, (IBME, PhD student, group member)
- Sabine Müller (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
- Carmen Tanner (University of Zurich)
Please find here more information on my research projects
Current research topics
- Analyzing clinical and ethical aspects of Deep Brain Stimulation
- Developing a Serious Moral Games for Bioethics
- Investigating intellectual humility
- The current discussion on brain death and donation after circulatory death
Selection of recent publications
- Christen M, Faller F, Götz U, Müller C (in press): Outlining a Serious Moral Game in Bioethics. ICST Transactions on Ambient Systems
- Müller S, Christen M, Walter H (2014): DBS combined with Optogenetics – fine-tuning the mind? AJOB Neuroscience 5(1): 35-37 (comment)
- 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, Fischer J, Huppenbauer M, Tanner C, van Schaik C (eds.) (2013): Empirically Informed Ethics. Morality Between Facts and Norms. Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy, Springer
Please find here the complete publications list