First use of the term Neuropolitics
The term seems first to have been used in 1977 by the psychologist Timothy Leary, the legendary American advocate of psychedelic drugs, to capture the belief that political problems can be traced to psychological issues based in brain chemistry.
He declared: “The solutions to our predicament are neurological. We must assume responsibility for our nervous systems” (Leary 1977, 57), and he imagined recreating on that basis the relationship between individuals and the social order: “Young minds exposed to neurological freedom and the free spray of electronic information suddenly blossom like flowers in the spring” (Leary 1980, 33, 6).
On the links below, you can find at Google Books the two books by Timothy Leary cited above by Vidal and Ortega.
Watch the trailer for the movie Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary: