Ethical Issues in Neural Technologies

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The first module in this IEEE Brain eLearning Module series covers Ethical Issues in Neural Technologies. This session will give a general introduction to ethical issues in neural engineering. These issues range from the abstract, such as different ethical theories and systems, to the concrete, including particular ethical issues that arise during neural engineering research and interdisciplinary techniques for managing these ethical issues. Participants will find this introduction both compelling and practical -- providing philosophical topics to think about as well as concrete tools for assessing research and product development.


Laura Specker Sullivan

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Laura Specker Sullivan, a specialist in interdisciplinary neuroethics and cross-cultural ethics, is a research fellow at the Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School. From 2015-2017 she was a postdoctoral neuroethics fellow at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington and the National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015, after spending two years as an international researcher at the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University. She is currently the chair of the Neuroethics Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and a member of the Philosophy and Medicine committee of the American Philosophical Association. She has published articles on medical ethics and neuroethics in the Journal of Neural Engineering, Science and Engineering Ethics, Brain-Computer Interfaces, American Journal of Bioethics - Neuroscience, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and Social Science and Medicine.

Publication Year: 2018

Ethical Issues in Neural Technologies
  • Course Provider: IEEE Brain
  • Course Number: FDBRMAPEDU0001
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.05 CEU/ 0.5 PDH