Ethical, psychological and social implications of brain-computer interface application in paralyzed patients

Femke Nijboer, Tamara Matuz, Andrea Kübier, Niels Birbaumer

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Abstract

We reflect upon ethical and psychological issues of groups of patient where verbal communication is not possible due to severe physical impairment. This group of chronically ill patients is capable of emotional and cognitive processing but the patients are locked in a paralyzed body. Thinking and feeling are intact but can no longer be expressed. Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) maintain and allow communication in severely paralyzed patients. The ethical, psychological and social implications of BCIs concern mainly hasten death decisions and euthanasia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAAI Workshop - Technical Report
Pages48-50
Number of pages3
VolumeWS-06-09
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event2006 AAAI Workshop - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2006Jul 20 2006

Other

Other2006 AAAI Workshop
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period7/16/067/20/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Nijboer, F., Matuz, T., Kübier, A., & Birbaumer, N. (2006). Ethical, psychological and social implications of brain-computer interface application in paralyzed patients. In AAAI Workshop - Technical Report (Vol. WS-06-09, pp. 48-50)