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I Know What You're Thinking: Brain Imaging and Mental Privacy

ISBN : 9780199596492

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Author: 
Sarah D. Richmond; Geraint Rees; Sarah J. L. Edwards
Pages
288 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
178 x 247 mm
Pub date
Aug 2012
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Since the 1980s, MRI scanners have told us much about brain function and played an important role in the clinical diagnosis of a number of conditions - both in the brain and the rest of the body. Their routine use has made the diagnosis of brain tumours and brain damage both quicker and more accurate. However, some neuroscientific advances, in particular those that relate specifically to the mind have provoked excitement and discussion in a number of disciplines. One of the most thought provoking developments in recent neuroscience has been the progress made with 'mind-reading'. There seems nothing more private than one's thoughts, some of which we might choose to share with others, and some not. Yet, until now, little has been published on the particular issue of privacy in relation to 'brain' or 'mind' reading. I know what you're thinking provides a fascinating, interdisciplinary account of the neuroscientific evidence on 'mind reading', as well as a thorough analysis of both legal and moral accounts of privacy. It brings together leading academics from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and law. The book considers such issues as the use of imaging to detect awareness in those considered to be in a vegetative state. It looks at issues of mental imaging and national security, the neurobiology of violence, and issues regarding diminished responsibility in criminals, and thus reduced punishment. It also considers how the use of neuroimaging can and should be regulated. Providing a ground breaking exploration of how brain imaging technologies can throw light on our mental capacities, states, and acts, this is an important new book for psychologists, neuroscientists, bioethicists, philosophers, and lawyers.

Index: 

1. Introduction
BRAIN IMAGING AND MINDREADING: CURRENT PROGRESS AND CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS
2. The Social Brain Hypothesis: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Neurobiology of Social Behaviour
3. Brain Reading
4. Mind Reading
5. Predicting Human Behaviour from Brain Structure
MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF MINDREADING THROUGH BRAIN IMAGING
6. When Thoughts Become Actions: Neuroimaging in Non-Responsive Patients
7. Where in the brain is pain? Evaluating painful experiences in non-communicative patients
8. Practitioners' Views on Neuroimaging: Mental and experiences in non-communicative patients
9. Brain Imaging in Clinical Psychiatry: Why?
10. Overcoming Self-Report: Possibilities and Limitations of Brain Imaging in Psychiatry
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND NATIONAL SECURITY: BRAIN IMAGING IN CRIMINAL TRIALS AND DEFENCE
11. The Neurobiology of Violence: Science and Law
12. Diminished Capacity, Neuroscience and Just Punishment
13. National Security, Brain Imaging, and Privacy
MINDREADING AS A THREAT TO PRIVACY: EVALUATING THE RISKS AND PROTECTING PRIVACY
14. Brain Imaging and the Transparency Scenario
15. Neuroscience v. Privacy? A Democratic Perspective
16. Regulating Brain Imaging: Questions of Privacy, Informed Consent, and Human Dignity
17. Protecting Privacy Interests in Brain Images: The Limits of Consent.
18. Conclusion

About the author: 

Sarah Richmond, Department of Philosophy, University College London, UK; Geraint Rees, Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK; Sarah J. L. Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Research Ethics and Governance, University College London, UK

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