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Beyond ‘communication and control’: towards ethically complete rationales for brain-computer interface research

Beyond ‘communication and control’: towards ethically complete rationales for brain-computer... Rapid advances in neural engineering have led to an increasing use of human subjects in brain-computer interface (BCI) research. Here we ask whether the rationales articulated for this research have kept pace with related ethical requirements. To answer this question, we examined the content of peer-reviewed BCI research publications of studies involving human subjects. We analysed the publications for the rationale expressed for the research against a backdrop of journal type and study design. We discuss the results in the context of strategies that neural engineering researchers can adopt to ensure that the ethical dimensions of human subject research are not lost amid the technological drive for results. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Brain-Computer Interfaces Taylor & Francis

Beyond ‘communication and control’: towards ethically complete rationales for brain-computer interface research

Beyond ‘communication and control’: towards ethically complete rationales for brain-computer interface research

Abstract

Rapid advances in neural engineering have led to an increasing use of human subjects in brain-computer interface (BCI) research. Here we ask whether the rationales articulated for this research have kept pace with related ethical requirements. To answer this question, we examined the content of peer-reviewed BCI research publications of studies involving human subjects. We analysed the publications for the rationale expressed for the research against a backdrop of journal type and study...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2326-2621
eISSN
2326-263x
DOI
10.1080/2326263X.2016.1213603
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Abstract

Rapid advances in neural engineering have led to an increasing use of human subjects in brain-computer interface (BCI) research. Here we ask whether the rationales articulated for this research have kept pace with related ethical requirements. To answer this question, we examined the content of peer-reviewed BCI research publications of studies involving human subjects. We analysed the publications for the rationale expressed for the research against a backdrop of journal type and study design. We discuss the results in the context of strategies that neural engineering researchers can adopt to ensure that the ethical dimensions of human subject research are not lost amid the technological drive for results.

Journal

Brain-Computer InterfacesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 2, 2016

Keywords: brain-computer interface; brain-machine interface; neuroethics; research ethics; neural prostheses

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