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Judy Illes

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.001.0001

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When genes and brains unite: ethical implications of genomic neuroimaging

When genes and brains unite: ethical implications of genomic neuroimaging

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(p.169) Chapter 12 When genes and brains unite: ethical implications of genomic neuroimaging
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Neuroethics
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Turhan Canli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.003.0012

Geneticists, neuroscientists, and personality psychologists are now on a quest to understand the biological basis of personality and individual differences. This chapter highlights recent advances in this field of research. It illustrates how data obtained from neuroimaging scans can predict narrowly defined forms of behavior better than self-report and other behavioral measures, and argues that future integration of genetic and life experience data with neuroimaging data will further enhance this capability. It identifies likely applications of this technology and concludes that a statistically informed cost-benefit analysis may be the most practical approach towards the ethical use of this technology across a diverse set of real-life applications.

Keywords:   brain imaging, personality, introversion, extroversion, neuroticism

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