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Functional Neuroimaging in Patients With Disorders of Consciousness

Difficulty level

This lecture covers the ethical implications of the use of functional neuroimaging to assess covert awareness in unconscious patients and was part of the Neuro Day Workshop held by the NeuroSchool of Aix Marseille University.

Topics covered in this lesson
  • Clinical definition of consciousness
  • Attitudes towards pain and end of life
  • Clinical evaluation of consciousness
  • fMRI paradigms to assess covert awareness in patients: active and passive paradigms
  • Ethical relevance of technology-based assessment of covert awareness
  • Neuroethical and legal issues to consider