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Ethical and Clinical Considerations at the Intersection of Functional Neuroimaging and Disorders of Consciousness
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Abstract:Recent neuroimaging research on disorders of consciousness provides direct evidence of covert consciousness otherwise not detected clinically in a subset of severely brain-injured patients. These findings have motivated strategic development of binary communication paradigms, from which researchers interpret voluntary modulations in brain activity to glean information about patients' residual cognitive functions and emotions. The discovery of such responsiveness raises ethical anddoi:10.1017/s0963180116000347 pmid:27634713 fatcat:if24cndk5zgevfztb5xv7ddvoy