Neuroethics

Materias grises: Neurociencia, matiz y neuroética

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Una tarea primaria de la ética es reconocer distinciones válidas frente a la incertidumbre con relación a las obligaciones morales. Cuando lidiamos con las cuestiones más difíciles de la vida, los hechos a menudo son accesibles incompletamente o sus interpretaciones son ambiguas. Los enfoques teóricos disponibles a menudo arrojan soluciones contrapuestas. Cuando los confrontamos con los dilemas del cuidado de la salud, en particular, las personas difieren en cómo priorizan y aplican sus valores personales para llegar a decisiones que implican consecuencias trascendentes para la vida.

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33

Grey Matters: Neuroscience, Nuance, AND Neuroethics

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A primary task of ethics is to recognize valid distinctions in the face of uncertainty concerning moral obligations. When wrestling with life’s toughest questions, facts are often incompletely accessible or their interpretations ambiguous. Available theoretical approaches often yield conflicting solutions. When confronted with healthcare dilemmas, in particular, people differ in how they prioritize and apply their personal values to reach decisions that entail life-altering consequences.

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33

Neuroética: Informe de la Conferencia Nueva Frontera

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22

Neuroethics: The New Frontier Conference Report

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“Nothing is for sure,” said Raul Alvarez at the end of an interview on the opening night of the CBHD conference on neuroethics. He had been telling participants from all across the U.S. and half a dozen countries overseas about his younger brother, Mario. Mario has been severely neurologically disabled due to traumatic brain injuries sustained in a hit and run incident in March of the year 2000.

The story of his medical care, of the ethical issues faced, of the health provider who continues to sue the family over bills that should be paid by government sources, of the attorney who has provided free assistance, and of the extraordinary commitment of the family who are with Mario 24/7, brought tears to some eyes. Invited to share one final message, Raul reminded us all of the ever-present uncertainties in clinical practice—sometimes about diagnosis but always about prognosis. The family wanted to stress to professionals the importance of hope, and had certainly lived and worked by that principle themselves.

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22

Brain Monitoring: An Ethical Assessment (Podcast)

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What if others could literally read your mind? That's a scary prospect! We are already under scrutiny by security, traffic, and face recognition cameras; airport scanners; and other gadgets that monitor our actions and person. In the future we will need to be concerned about increasingly sophisticated devices to monitor our brains. Developments in magnetic resonance imaging and neuroscience make possible detection of brain activity patterns with ever increasing detail.

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"Neuromarketing": Unethical Advertising? (Podcast)

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Should advertisers probe human minds as a means of boosting product sales? In a recent article in the online version of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, David Wahlberg describes a new use for an emerging technology that has some people scratching their heads.1 Using sophisticated MRI scanners, doctors at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia are studying changes in brain activity that occur as people process images.

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