2017 Annual Meeting
Washington, DC, USA
November 9-10

Research Abstracts

The following abstracts have been accepted to the INS Annual Meeting. All investigators have been invited to present a poster and several have agreed to orally present their research on Friday as part of a poster preview session and two thematic panel sessions. Presenting authors and travel stipend recipients are identified below, and are also listed in the meeting program and related news release.

Many thanks to these organizations and individuals for supporting this year's investigators with the following travel stipend funds and poster prizes.

  • International Neuroethics Society – $5,000 in travel stipends
  • Judy Illes / National Core for Neuroethics (UBC) – $1,000 in travel stipends
  • Neuroethics Research Unit, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) – $500 in travel stipends
  • Anonymous – $800 in travel stipends

Donations are still being accepted to the INS Annual Meeting Travel Fund to increase participation in the Society’s flagship event and to help neuroethics investigators from around the world gain exposure for their research. Donations of all sizes are encouraged and will be bundled together to provide critical financial support for those needing assistance.

Accepted Abstracts

Abstract 1
Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation

P. A. DePergola II

1. University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate; 2. College of Our Lady of the Elms;

Abstract 2
Neuromoral Diversity: Toward a Pluralistic Neuroscience of Moral Cognition

G. S. Holtzman

1. Illinois Institute of Technology; 2. Geisinger Health System;

Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 3
Neuroethics meets Cybersecurity: Security Challenges at the Human-Machine Interface

M. Ienca

University of Basel

Flash Poster Presenter

Abstract 4
Neuroscience, civil competence and the sociocultural governance of dementia: A Foucauldian analysis

K. C.-C. Wu

1. National Taiwan University College of Medicine; 2. National Taiwan University Hospital;

Abstract 5
Pushing The Boundaries Of “Off-Label” Medical Devices: An Empirical Study Of The Use Of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (Tdcs) In Clinical Settings

A. Wexler

Department of Biomedical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Ethics of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Panelist; Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 6
Tasing the Constitution: The Cognitive Effects of Conducted Electrical Weapons and Their Constitutional Implications

A. Kuersten

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Neuroscience and the Law Panelist

Abstract 7
Broca’s Approach Is Outdated: Ethical and Epistemic Problems with the Exclusion of Left-Handed Subjects from Neuroscientific Studies

T. Cornel

University of Pennsylvania

Abstract 8
Nudging Medical Autonomy in Alzheimer’s Disease

M. Qureshi, M. Butkus

McNeese State University

Abstract 9
Ethics of autism genomics: What are young people's attitudes?

A. Manzini

Wellcome Trust DPhil Student, Neuroscience, Ethics & Society Team, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Abstract 10
Deep/Machine Learning Ethics for Parthood of the Brain

C. Gifford, K. Yahya

University of Bristol

Abstract 11
Impact of Disease Model of Addiction on Judgements of Criminal Responsibility: Pivotal Role of Perceived Choice

N. Sinclair-House [1,2,3], J. J. Child [1,2,3], H. S. Crombag [1,2,3]

1. University of Sussex; 2. Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC), University of Sussex; 3. Crime Research Centre (CRC), University of Sussex;

Neuroscience and the Law Panelist; Travel Stipend Recipient ($1,000)

Abstract 12
"I want to be a cyborg" - A Qualitative Study of Sensory Augmentation

I. Bard [1]; L. D. Daly [2]; C. H. Smith [3]

1. London School of Economics and Political Science; 2. Central Saint Martins; 3: Ravensbourne College;

Abstract 13
Closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Chronic Pain: Technical Advantages & Ethical Issues

Z. Suskin [1,2], J. Giordano [1,2]

1. Georgetown University School of Medicine; 2. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics;

Abstract 14
The Moral Conflict of Law and Neuroscience

P. A. Alces

Rollins Professor of Law, The College of William & Mary School of Law

Abstract 15
From Neuroimaging to Machine Learning in Psychotic Disorders: Why (and How) to Build an Ethically Proactive Approach to Clinical Translation

P. Corsico

School of Law, The University of Manchester

Abstract 16
Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War

E. Barret [1], J. Kirkpatrick [2], A. Peterson [2]

1. U.S. Naval Academy; 2. George Mason University

Abstract 17
Ethical Considerations for fMRI Research Involving Human Fetuses in Utero

M. Kluck, A. Peterson

George Mason University

Abstract 18
Ethical Issues in Pharmacological Research in Disorders of Consciousness: A Case Study of Amantadine

P. S. Downes, A. H. Peterson

George Mason University

Abstract 19
Remembering Trauma: The Ethical Implications of Memory Dampening for Sexual Assault Survivors

S. Denton, L. Eckenwiler, A. Peterson

George Mason University

Abstract 20
Adjudicating Consciousness

M. Flynn

George Mason University

Abstract 21
An Analysis of Disparities in Methods for Determining Brain Death Across U.S. Medical Centers

J. DeFranco

George Mason Univeristy

Abstract 22
Ethical Considerations on the Growing use of E-cigarettes for Nicotine Delivery and Addiction in Young Adults

Z. Akhwand [1], M. Scott [2], N. Kabbani [1]

1. George Mason University; 2. University of Viriginia;

Abstract 23
Regulating Neurodata - Why Lessons From Genetics Will Not Be Enough

I. Coates McCall

Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University

Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 24
Participatory Neuroscience: Something to Strive For?

P. Friesen

CUNY Graduate Center

Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 25
Defining Vulnerability in the Context of Research with Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury

Z. Boka [1], C.P. Neuhaus [2]

1. Lehman College, CUNY; 2. The Hastings Center;

Abstract 26
Discovering Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease in Neuroimaging Studies of Aging Brains: When Should Researchers Disclose Disease Risk?

C.P. Neuhaus [1], T. Harrison [2]

1. The Hastings Center; 2. Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, UC Berkeley;

Abstract 27
Don’t Worry, This Will Only Hurt A Bit: Informed Consent and the Role of Expectation in Pain Intensity

N. Gligorov

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Abstract 28
The Cognitive Basis of Commonsense Morality

N. Gligorov

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Abstract 29
Neuroethics: a Conceptual Approach

M. Farisco [1,2, 3], A. Salles [1, 2, 4], K. Evers [1, 2]

1. Centre for Research ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Sweden; 2. The Human Brain Project; 3. Science and Society Unit, Biogem Genetic Research Centre, Ariano Irpino (AV), Italy; 4. Neuroethics Program, Centro de Investigaciones Filosoficas (CIF), Buenos Aires, Argentina;

Abstract 30
In Situ Memory Diagnostics: Identity and Perceptual Risks in Assessing Prognosis

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

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

Abstract 31
Normative Referents in Neuromodulation: Global Integration of Self Representation

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

1. Loyola University Chicago; 2. International Association Catholic Bioethicists; 3. Austral University (Buenes Aires, Argentina);

Abstract 32
Brain Implants and Design Conception: Dynamical Systems Approaches and Ethics of Expert Education

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

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

Abstract 33
Neuroethics and Cartesian Metaphysics: An Enduring and Inconvenient Marriage

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

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

Abstract 34
'Ethically Aligned Design' and the Ethics of Creating Ethical Parity

D. Larrivee [1], H. Velazquez [2]

1. Loyola University Chicago; 2. Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado Puebla;

Abstract 35
Are Older Individuals Following Recommendations for Healthy Cognitive Ageing? Evidence from the 1921-26 Cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)

C. Forlini [1], V. Carter [1, 2], J. Lucke [3]

1. Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney; 2. Brain and Mind Centre; University of Sydney; 3. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University;

Flash Poster Presenter; Travel Stipend Recipient ($1,000)

Abstract 36
The Broad Ethical and Social Implications of Dementia Case Finding: A Ripple Effect Through Stakeholders

C. Forlini [1], R. Thomas [2]

1. Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney; 2. Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice; Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine; Bond University

Abstract 37
Intuitive Moral Judgments About Mood Enhancement: An Empirical Investigation in Neuroethics

J. Buchanan, C.S. Sripada

University of Michigan

Abstract 38
Food Addiction and its Implications for Obesity Treatment and Policy: Public and Patient Perspectives

A. Carter

1. Neuroethics 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;

Abstract 39
Is low data reporting prevalent in clinical trials of psychiatric deep brain stimulation?

J. Porter [1], L. Cabrera [1,2]

1. Center for Ethics and Humanities in Life Sciences, Michigan State University; 2. Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, Michigan State University.

Abstract 40
Ethical Issues and Somatic Psychiatric Treatments: Professional vs. Public Concerns

L. Cabrera, R. McKenzie, R. Bluhm

Michigan State University

Abstract 41
The Neurobiological Explanation of Mental Illness: Implications for the Therapeutic Alliance

A. K. Swartz

Michigan Technological University

Abstract 42
Research with Embryo-Like Organisms and Cerebral Organoids: Do the Usual Rules Apply?

L.S.M. Johnson

Michigan Technological University

Abstract 43
Informing Ethical Autism Treatments Through the Lens of Deaf History

Tabitha Moses

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Abstract 44
Perils in Precision Medicine: Concerns from Addiction Genetics

Tabitha E. Moses [1], Mark K. Greenwald [1,2]

1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit MI; 2. Department of Pharmacy Practice, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

Abstract 45
The Role of Pesticide Exposure in the Etiology of Parkinson’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis

M. Chipetine

Vassar College

Abstract 46
Effects of Framing on Criminal Punishment Decisions Involving Reoffense Risk

C. H. Allen [1], G. Felsen [2], J. Blumenthal-Barby [3], K. Vold [4], E. Aharoni [1]

1. Georgia State University; 2. University of Colorado School of Medicine; 3. Baylor College of Medicine; 4. McGill University;

Abstract 47
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Neuroethical Issues Related to Identification and Offender Profiles

J. C. Sarrett

Emory University

Flash Poster Presenter; Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 48
A Neuroevolutionary Explanation for the Lack of Progress in Philosophy

J. Banja

Center for Ethics, Emory University

Abstract 49
Moving Beyond Brain Imaging As Modern-Day Phrenology: Call For a Sensible and Holistic Approach to the Study of Human Cognition

M. López-González

La Petite Noiseuse Productions

Abstract 50
Ancillary-Care Obligations of Addiction Research

I. Stevens

1. Northern Arizona University; 2. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering;

Abstract 51
Surveying U.S. State Regulations of Neurosurgery for Psychiatric Disorders: Towards a Model Regulation

R. Nadler [1,2], J. Constable [2], J. Chandler [2]

1. United States Courts, District of Maine; 2. University of Ottawa Faculty of Law;

Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 52
Regulating Minds: A Conceptual Typology

M. N. Tennison

University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security
(This research represents the view of the author, not those of CHHS or the University of Maryland.


Abstract 53
Neuroethics in higher education: fostering ethics in professional practice

J. Félix Lozano [1], E. González-Estebán [2]

1. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia; 2 Universidad Jaume I;

Travel Stipend Recipient ($500)

Abstract 54
When neuroscientists become witnesses: an empirical analysis of impact litigation strategies in French court

D. Sidhoum-Rahal

PhD student in law, Université Paris Nanterre/ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Abstract 55
Is it acceptable for people to take Drugs to enhance performance? Yes.

J. F. R. Ribeiro

Federal University of Santa Catarina

Abstract 56
A Bayesian response to the “group-to-individual” objection to neuroscientific data in the courtroom

M. L. Baum

1 Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Harvard Medical School; 2 Program in Neuroscience, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University; 3 Harvard-MIT combined MD-PhD program, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Flash Poster Presenter; Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 57
Patients’ Perceptions of Personality Change in Parkinson’s Disease and Following Deep Brain Stimulation

C. S. Kubu [1,2] and P. J. Ford [2]

1. Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; 2. Department of Bioethics, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Abstract 58
Discontinued Trials of Implanted Neurotechnology: Unpacking the Ethical Challenges

L. R. Sankary, P. J. Ford

NeuroEthics Program, Cleveland Clinic

Abstract 59
Tibetan Buddhist Perspectives on Neuroethics

L. Specker Sullivan

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

Flash Poster Presenter; Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 60
ADHD across Cultures: Validating a Construct

N. A. Atanasova

The University of Toledo

Abstract 61
Understanding Intuitive Moral Judgment: How Agents, Deeds and Consequences Affect Spontaneous Moral Evaluation

V. Dubljević [1,2], S. Huang [1,3], S. Sattler [4], É. Racine [1,5,6]

1. Institute de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM); 2. North Carolina State University; 3. John Abbott College; 4. University of Cologne; 5. Universite de Montreal; 6. McGill University;

Abstract 62
Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia and Autonomy

V. Dubljević

North Carolina State University

Abstract 63
Empathy, Care, and Overcoming the Harmful Impact of Stigma on the Well-Being of Persons with Schizophrenia

A. Molas

York University

Abstract 64
Person-Orientation in Autism Research Ethics: Lessons and Tensions from the Literature

M. A. Cascio [1, 2], J. Weiss [3], E. Racine [1, 2, 4]

1. Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal; 2. McGill University; 3. York University; 4. Université de Montréal;

Abstract 65
Teaching Neuroethics Within A Liberal Arts Curriculum

S. Ramakrishnan

Neuroscience Program, Department of Biology, University of Puget Sound

Abstract 66
The Morningside Report: Recommendations for the development of novel neurotechnologies

S. Goering

University of Washington, Seattle

Abstract 67
Ethical Considerations for Cell Implantation in Alzheimer’s Disease

J. N. M. Viaña [1,2], J. Illes [2,3], F. Gilbert [1,2,3]

1. Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement Program, Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science; Philosophy and Gender Studies Program, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Law, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia; 2. National Core for Neuroethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; 3. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, USA;

Abstract 68
Medical Method Patents and Neuromodulation: Understanding the Present and Shaping the Future

D. Roskams-Edris [1,2,3], S. Anderson-Redick [4,5], Z. H. T. Kiss [3,5], J. Illes [1]

1. National Core for Neuroethics, Division of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 2. Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 3. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 4. Article One Partners, New York, New York, USA; 5. Clinician Investigator Program, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada;

Flash Poster Presenter; Travel Stipend Recipient ($500)

Abstract 69
Embodiment and Estrangement: Results from the First-in-Human “Intelligent BCI” Trial

F. Gilbert [1,2,3], M. Cook [4,5], T. O’Brien [5, 6], J. Illes [2]

1. Centre for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, US; 2. National Core for Neuroethics, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia; 3. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award, University of Tasmania; 4. Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne; 5. Department of Neurology, St. Vincent's Hospital; 6. Department of Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital;

Ethics of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Panelist; Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 70
Where Do We Draw the Line? Brain-Computer Interfaces as Dual-Market Devices

S. Simmerman

University of Washington-Seattle

Abstract 71
Designing Inclusive Neural Technologies: a Meta-study on Brain Computer Interface Research Practices

T. Brown [1,2], N. Wilson [1,3], D. Sarma [1,3]

1. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington; 2. Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington; 3. Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington;

Abstract 72
Scientists’ Ethical Responsibility to Pursue Knowledge: Confronting Cognitive Limitations in Sex/Gender Difference Research

V. Bentley

Centre College

Abstract 73
Judicial Imaginaries of Neuroscience in Criminal Cases

N. Martinez-Martin

Stanford University

Abstract 74
Risky Minds: Adolescents, Risk & Neuroprediction

N. Martinez-Martin

Stanford University

Abstract 75
Decisional Capacity, Brain Lesions, and the Authenticity of Values

W. Chiong [1], S. Y. H. Kim [2]

1. Department of Neurology, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco; 2. Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health;

Abstract 76
A Neuroethical Perspective On The Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis

G. Palchik

Clinical Neuroethics Initiative, Program in Medicine and Human Values, California Pacific Medical Center;

Abstract 77
International Use of Neuroscience Evidence in Legal Proceedings: A Comparative Review of the United States, England/Wales, Canada, and the Netherlands

L. M. Gaudet [1], M. E. Miller [1], J. P. Kerkmans [1], E. Aharoni [2], K. A. Kiehl [3]

1. MINDSET; 2. Georgia State University; 3. University of New Mexico;

Neuroscience and the Law Panelist; Travel Stipend Recipient ($250)

Abstract 78
The Need for Empirical Data When Examining the Neuroethics of Adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation (aDBS) Systems

G. Lázaro-Muñoz, A. L. McGuire, W. K. Goodman

Baylor College of Medicine

Abstract 79
Stakeholder Impressions of Data Sharing in Research

K. A. Murray, J. C. Murray

University of Iowa

Abstract 80
Teaching the Neurobiology of Stress and Traumatic Memory in the Context of Social Power and Identity

A. E. Fink

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Abstract 81
Ethical Considerations for Innovative Research Involving Unknown Risks: The Example of Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer Disease

M. Bittlinger, S. Müller

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, CCM, Neurophilosophy, Medical Ethics and Neuroethics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Ethics of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Panelist; Travel Stipend Recipient ($1,000)

Abstract 82
Ethical Aspects of Highly Immersive Virtual Reality Systems in Neurology and Psychiatry

P. Kellmeyer [1,2], O. Müller [2,3]

1. Translational Neurotechnology Lab, University of Freiburg – Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery; 2. Excellence Cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools, University of Freiburg, Germany; 3. Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg, Germany;

Abstract 83
Intervening the Defendant’s Brain? Legal Implications of Brain Imaging and Neurosurgery

C. Rödiger

University of Bonn

Abstract 84
Neurodegeneration in the Elderly and the Loss of Human Rights

C. J. Warmuth

Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany), Institute for Legal Informatics

Abstract 85
Neuroenhancement for Police Officers to Battle Shooter Bias

C. J. Warmuth

Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany), Institute for Legal Informatics