I Know What Youre Thinking: Brain imaging and mental privacy

Hardcover | August 24, 2012

EditorSarah D. Richmond, Geraint Rees, Sarah J. L. Edwards

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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 moreaccurate. 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". Thereseems 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 reducedpunishment. 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.

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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 moreaccurate. However, some neuroscientific adva...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:August 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Sarah Richmond: IntroductionBrain Imaging and Mindreading: Current Progress and Conceptual Questions2. Susanne Shultz and R.I.M. Dunbar: The Social Brain Hypothesis: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Neurobiology of Social Behaviour3. John Dylan-Haynes: Brain Reading4. Tim Bayne: Mind Reading5. Geraint Rees and Ryota Kanai: Predicting Human Behaviour from Brain StructureMedical Applications of Mindreading through Brain Imaging6. Adrian M. Owen: When Thoughts Become Actions: Neuroimaging in Non-Responsive Patients7. Athena Demertzi and Steven Laureys: Where in the brain is pain? Evaluating painful experiences in non-communicative patients8. Emily Borgelt, Daniel Buchman, and Judy Illes: Practitioners' Views on Neuroimaging: Mental and experiences in non-communicative patients9. Brendan D. Kelly: Brain Imaging in Clinical Psychiatry: Why?10. David Linden: Overcoming Self-Report: Possibilities and Limitations of Brain Imaging in PsychiatryCriminal Justice and National Security: Brain Imaging in Criminal Trials and Defence11. Colin Campbell and Nigel Eastman: The Neurobiology of Violence: Science and Law12. Stephen J. Morse: Diminished Capacity, Neuroscience and Just Punishment13. Jonathan D. Moreno and Sonya Parashar: National Security, Brain Imaging, and PrivacyMindreading as a Threat to Privacy: Evaluating the Risks and Protecting Privacy14. Sarah Richmond: Brain Imaging and the Transparency Scenario15. Annabelle Lever: Neuroscience v. Privacy? A Democratic Perspective16. Roger Brownsword: Regulating Brain Imaging: Questions of Privacy, Informed Consent, and Human Dignity17. Sarah J.L. Edwards: Protecting Privacy Interests in Brain Images: The Limits of Consent.18. Sarah J.L. Edwards and Geraint Rees: Conclusion