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I Know What You're Thinking: Brain imaging and mental privacy

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


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 no ... More

Keywords: MRI scanners, brain tumours, brain damage, mind-reading, neuroscientific evidence, awareness, vegetative state, mental imaging, national security, neurobiology of violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah D. Richmond, editor
Department of Philosophy, University College London, UK

Geraint Rees, editor
Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Sarah J. L. Edwards, editor
Senior Lecturer in Research Ethics and Governance, University College London, UK

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Part 1 Brain imaging and mindreading: Current progress and conceptual questions

Part 2 Medical applications of mindreading through brain imaging

Part 3 Criminal justice and national security: Brain imaging in criminal trials and defence

Part 4 Mindreading as a threat to privacy: Evaluating the risks and protecting privacy

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