Ethical Issues in BCI Research

Mary Jane Schneider, Joseph J. Fins, Jonathan R. Wolpaw

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This chapter discusses the ethical issues raised by brain-computer interface (BCI) research in humans. It is organized around the three principles set out in the Belmont Report of 1978, which is generally considered the founding document of modern human research standards. The three principles are beneficence, respect for persons, and justice. Beneficence requires that the potential benefits of human research (to humanity and perhaps to the research subjects) far outweigh its risks to the subjects. Respect for persons requires that informed consent be obtained from the subjects. Justice requires that the benefits and burdens of the research be fairly distributed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrain-Computer Interfaces
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199932689
ISBN (Print)9780195388855
StatePublished - May 24 2012


  • Belmont report
  • Beneficence
  • Brain-computer interface research
  • Justice
  • Modern human research
  • Respect for persons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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