2016 Annual Meeting


Accepted Abstracts

Poster presentation

Many thanks to the following individuals and organizations for supporting this year's abstract authors and presenters.

  • Two (2) $250 INS Travel Stipends
  • Two (2) $250 Neuroethics Research Unit/IRCM Travel Stipends
  • One (1) $500 Travel Stipend for travel from outside North America donated anonymously
  • Four (4) book prizes provided by Oxford University Press
  • Five (5) neuroscience books provided by Elsevier
  • Five (5) book prizes provided by Springer
  • One (1) year online subscription to the Neuroethics journal published by Springer
  • Up to twenty-five (25) abstracts will be published in an online issue of AJOB Neuroscience (full abstract)


Abstract 2
Poster Presentation Award
Neurodiversity in Neuroethics: A Case Study of Brain Stimulation for Autism

J. C. Sarrett [1], K. S. Rommelfanger [2,3,4]

1. Emory University, Center for the Study of Human Health; 2. Emory University, Center for Ethics Neuroethics Program; 3. Emory University, Department of Neurology; 4. Emory University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences;

Abstract 3
Poster Preview & $250 INS Travel Stipend
Integrative Neuroscience to Define, Assess and Mitigate Recurrent Violent Behavior: Technical Issues, Neuroethico-Legal and Social Concerns

K. Herrera-Ferrá [1], J. Giordano [2]

1. Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética, Mexico City, Mexico; 2. Department of Neurology and Neuroethics Studies Program-Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, USA;

Abstract 4
Neuroethics Education: Assessment and Pilot Curriculum for Neurology and Neurosurgery Residents

D. McAdams [1,2], J. Giordano [2,3]

1. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; 2. Georgetown University Medical Center; 3. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Abstract 5
Poster Presentation Award
Pain and the Developing Brain: Neuroethical Considerations in the Use of Neurotechnology in Pediatric Pain Research and Care

C. Khadra [1,2,3], S. Le May [1,2], S. J. Friedrichsdorf [4,5], J. Giordano [6]

1. University of Montreal, Canada; 2. CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, Canada; 3. McGill University Health Center, Canada; 4. University of Minnesota, USA; 5. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, USA; 6. Department of Neurology and Neuroethics Studies Program, Georgetown University Medical Center, USA;

Abstract 9
A Connectionist Model of Implicit and Explicit Cognitive Processes and the Naturally Emerging Order of Mental Operations: An Introduction

J. N. Habiger

University of Washington - Seattle

Abstract 11
Psychiatric Deep Brain Stimulation: Recurrent and Neglected Ethical Issues

L. Y. Cabrera, R. McKenzie, R. Bluhm

Michigan State University

Abstract 12
Poster Preview
¿"Neuroensanchamiento"?: Perspectives and Terms in the Latin American and Spanish Literature Regarding Neuroenhancement

C. Colón-Ortiz, L. Y. Cabrera

Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University; Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University;

Abstract 15
Ethical Implications Associated with the Comprehension of Legal Language and Concepts

J. A. Wszalek

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Abstract 16
Poster Presentation Award
An Empirical Analysis of Judicial Plea Colloquies: Ethical Concerns

J. A. Wszalek, L. S.Turkstra

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Abstract 21
The Project of Neuroethics: Building a Firm Foundation

J. Beauregard

Rivier University, Nashua, NH, USA

Abstract 22
Made in His Image: Neuroethics, Social Re-Creation, and the Cultural Projection of Robotics Technologies

D. Larrivee [1,2], J. Beauregard [3]

1. Loyola University Chicago; 2. International Association Catholic Bioethicists; 3. Rivier College-New Hampshire

Abstract 23
Design as Technology: Ethical Narratives in the Reappraisal of Applied Neuroscience

L. Echarte [1], D. Larrivee [2,3]

1. University of Navarra-Pamplona, Spain; 2. Loyola University Chicago; 3. International Association Catholic Bioethicists;

Abstract 24
Dematerialization and the Infosphere: Ethical Reflections on Performative Neurotransformation in a Virtual World

D. Larrivee [1,2], L. Echarte [3]

1. Loyola University Chicago; 2. International Association Catholic Bioethicists; 3. University of Navarra School of Medicine, Pamplona, Spain;

Abstract 25
Poster Preview; Poster Presentation Award
In the Absence of Reason: Ethical Reflections on Predictive Brain Implants and Self-Ownership

J. Larrivee [1], A. Canadas [1], D. Larrivee [2]

1. Mount St Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland; 3. Loyola University Chicago;

Abstract 26
Systems or Symbiosis: Engineers Only? Ethical Appraisal at the Intersection of Neuro-Systems Convergence

A. Larrivee [1], D. Larrivee [2,3]

1. Catholic University of America-Washington, DC; 2. Loyola University Chicago; 3. International Association Catholic Bioethicists;

Abstract 27
Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Design: Ethical Appraisal of Value Inserting Automation

D. Larrivee [1,2], M. Farisco [3]

1. Loyola University Chicago; 2. International Association Catholic Bioethicists; 3. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden;

Abstract 28
The Computational Shift in Neuroscience: A Multifaceted Neuroethical Analysis

M. Farisco [1,2,3], K. Evers [1,2]

1. The Human Brain Project; 2. Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; 3. Biogem Genetic Research Centre, Ariao Irpino (AV), Italy;

Abstract 29
Poster Presentation Award
A Penny for Your Thoughts: Valuation Underwrites Normative Choice

J. Haas

Washington University in St. Louis

Abstract 30
Publish or Perish – or Dope?

S. P. Mann [1], P. de Lora Deltoro [2], T. I. Cochrane [3,4], C. Mitchell [3]

1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; 2. Departments of Public Law and Jurisprudence, Autonomous University of Madrid, 3. Center for Bioethics, Harvard University, 4. Department of Neurology, Brigham & Women's Hospital;

Abstract 32
Poster Presentation Award
Ethical Considerations Towards Disclosure of Individual Results in Observational Studies for Cognitive Decline

S. Gauthier [1,3], M. Masellis [2], J. DeChamplain [3] on behalf of the CCNA ELSI Committee

1. McGill Center for Studies in Aging, Douglas Mental Health Research Institute; 2. Sunnybrook Hospital, University of Toronto; 3. Comité central d'éthique de la recherche du ministre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux, Gouvernement du Québec;

Abstract 33
Re(current) Issues in Neuroethics: The Importance of Looking to the Past to Understand the Future

A. Wexler

Department of Science, Technology & Society, MIT; Center for Neuroscience and Society, University of Pennsylvania;

Abstract 34
Poster Presentation Award
Who Actually Uses Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technologies, and Why? A Study of Consumer Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Device Users

A. Wexler [1, 2], N. Fitz [3]

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2. University of Pennsylvania; 3. University of British Columbia;

Abstract 36
Space Neuroethics

K. Tachibana

Kumamoto University, Japan

Abstract 37
Assessing the Impact of Neurotechnology on the Legal System

E. Fosch-Villaronga [1], M. Ienca [2]

1. Interdepartmental Centre for Research in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Law and in Computer Science and Law (CIRSFID), University of Bologna; 2. Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel;

Abstract 38
Oral Presentation & $250 IRCM Travel Stipend
Incorporating Ethics in Assistive Technology for Neurological and Elderly Care

M. Ienca [1], F. Jotterand [1,2], R. Kressig [3], B. Elger [1]

1. University of Basel; 2. Regis University; 3. Felix Platter Hospital;

Abstract 39
Poster Preview
The Catch-22 of CTE: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications

L. S. M. Johnson

Michigan Technological University

Abstract 40
Communicating About the Brain in the Digital Era

J. M. Robillard

National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

Abstract 43
Oral Presentation & $250 IRCM Travel Stipend
Communicating Through a Brain-Computer Interface: An Innovative Approach to Assess Quality of Life in Patients with Severe Brain Injury

J. Tung [1], K. N. Speechley [1], C. Weijer [1,2]

1. Western University; 2. Rotman Institute of Philosophy;

Abstract 44
Prescribing Stimulants for Cognitive Enhancement: A Case Report and Analysis of the Medical Ethics

E. Cheung

Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract 47
Oral Presentation
Patients' Shifting Goals Over the Course of Deep Brain Stimulation: Implications for Informed Consent

C. S. Kubu [1], S. E. Cooper [2], A. Machado [1], J. Vitek [2], P. J. Ford [3]

1. Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; 2. Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; 3. Center for Neuroethics, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH;

Abstract 48
Deep Brain Stimulation and Internal Health Locus of Control: Learning from Patients' Words

L. Sankary [1,2], C. Kubu [1,3], A. Machado [3], M. Karafa [4], P. Ford [1,3]

1. NeuroEthics Program, Cleveland Clinic; 2. Case Western Reserve University School of Law; 3. Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic; 4. Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland Clinic;

Abstract 49
Poster Presentation Award
Addicted and Attached: A Neglected Perspective on Neuroscience Research Linking Addiction and Love

M. Wonderly

Princeton University

Abstract 50
The Neurobiology of Food Addiction and Its Implications for Obesity Treatment and Policy: Public and Patient Perspectives

A. Carter [1,2,3], A. Cullen [2], N. M. Lee [4], W. D. Hall [3,5]

1. Neuroethics and Society Program, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function; 2. School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University; 3. University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland; 4. Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program, University of California, Los Angeles; 5. Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland;

Abstract 51
Using CRISPR to Create Animal Models of Neurological Disorders

C. Plunkett

Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center

Abstract 53
Ethical Issues in Democratized Online and Mobile Mental Health Counselling

K. Kreitmair

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Abstract 54
Poster Presentation Award
Preliminary Report from the Animal Research Neuroethics Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania

A. Shriver

The University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience & Society

Abstract 55
Poster Preview & $500 Travel Stipend
Public Opinions on the Use of Neuroscience in Criminal Courts in Taiwan

K. C.-C. Wu

Department/Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Bioethics, National Taiwan University College of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital;

Abstract 57
Poster Presentation Award
Responsible Algorithmics: On the Ethics of Machine Learning in Neuroscience

P. Kellmeyer

Intracranial EEG and Brain Imaging Group, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Center, University of Freiburg

Abstract 58
Proportionality as a Guiding Principle for Regulating Invasive Neurotechnological Medical Devices

P. Kellmeyer

Intracranial EEG and Brain Imaging Group, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Center, University of Freiburg

Abstract 59
Ethics Representation in Professional Organizations in the Neurological Sciences

T. Moses [1,2], J. Illes [2]

1. School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; 2. National Core for Neuroethics, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia;

Abstract 61
Persuasive Devices: From Paternalistic to Maternalistic Choice Architectures

L. Specker Sullivan [1,2], P. Reiner [1]

1. National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia; 2. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and Department of Philosophy, University of Washington;

Abstract 62
Poster Presentation Award
At the Ethics Interface of Brain Computer Interfaces

L. Specker Sullivan [1,2], J. Illes [1]

1. National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia; 2. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington;

Abstract 63
Oral Presentation & $250 INS Travel Stipend
Neuroethics in Practice: Designing Principles for Neural Engineering Research

E. Klein [1,2,3], M. Sample [1,2], M. Pham [1,2], L. Specker Sullivan [1,2], T. E. Brown [1,2], P. Tubig [1,2], R. Folland [1,2], S. Goering [1,2]

1. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), University of Washington, Seattle, WA; 2. Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; 3. Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR;

Abstract 64
Poster Preview; Poster Presentation Award
When Neuroethicists Become Labmates: Obstacles, Recommendations, and Metrics for Success

T. E. Brown [1,3], M. C. Thompson [2,3]

1. Department of Philosophy, University of Washington; 2. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington; 3. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington;

Abstract 65
Teaching the Moral Foundations Theory Debate: Haidt, Greene and Churchland for the MBA Crowd

M. DeWilde

Grand Valley State University

Abstract 67
Poster Presentation Award
"Organizational Neuroethics"? Reflections on the Risks and Promises of Organizational Neuroscience

J. T. Martineau [1, 2], E. Racine [1, 2, 3]

1. Neuroethics Research Unit, IRCM; 2. University of Montreal; 3. McGill University;

Abstract 68
Person-Oriented Research Ethics: A Model for Research Ethics in Practice

M. A. Cascio [1,2], E. Racine [1,2,3]

1. Neuroethics Research Unit, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM); 2. McGill University; 3. Université de Montréal;

Abstract 69
Poster Preview
Cultural Conflict: Inuit Youth Suicide as a Challenge for Psychiatric Ethics

W. Affleck, E. Racine

Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal; McGill University;

Abstract 70
What Role Do Individual Benefits Play in the Ethical Assessment of Traumatic-Stress Research?

W. Affleck, E. Racine

Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal; McGill University;

Abstract 71
Are Predictive Brain Implants a Menace to Autonomous Decisions? Results From a First-in-Human Study

F. Gilbert [1 2], M. Cook [2, 3, 4], T. O'Brien [3, 5]

1. ARC DECRA Fellow, UTAS; 2. ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science; 3. University of Melbourne; 4. Neurology St-Vincent's Hospital Melbourne; 5. The Royal Melbourne;

Abstract 73
When a Patient Requests Off-Label Use of Neuro-Technologies for the Bioprediction of Cognitive Impairment, How Should a Physician Respond?

M. L. Baum

Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Harvard Medical School; Program in Neuroscience, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University; Harvard-MIT combined MD-PhD program, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract 75
Poster Preview
Disentitlement as Discrimination: A Novel Project for Brain Science in the Law

E. R. Murphy

University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract 76
Assessing fMRI-Based Memory Detection: Can Personally Experienced Event Memories be Differentiated from Second-Hand Event Knowledge?

T. E. Chow, A. J. Westphal, J. Rissman [1]

University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract 77
Poster Preview
Ethical Considerations for the Growing Use and Addictive Properties of Captagon in the Middle East

S. Welch [1], J. Kirkpatrick [2], N. Kabbani [3]

1. Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University; 2. The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University; 3. Molecular Neuroscience Department, George Mason University;

Abstract 78
Poster Presentation Award
Ethics of First-in-Human Clinical Trials for Alzheimer's Disease Utilizing Nerve Growth Factor Neurosurgery

F. Ahmad

University of Texas at San Antonio

Abstract 79
Poster Presentation Award
When Should Neurogenetics Mitigate Moral Culpability?

J. B. Segal

Harvard Medical School

Abstract 80
The Clinical Neuroethics Initiative

G. Palchik, T. Kushner, A. Yee

Clinical Neuroethics Initiative, Program in Medicine & Human Values, Sutter Health, San Francisco, CA

Abstract 81
Community and the Brain

N. Martinez

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics