- Published: January 7, 2014
Not too long ago, obtaining images of the brain was something fascinatingly new. Today, using these images in the courtroom to make legal decisions about criminal acts is a new concept – neurolaw or neuroethics. A few years from now, should it be surprising that these same brain scans be used by teachers and hiring agencies to evaluate the capabilities and personalities of their students and new employees?
“Evidence” for immoral judgment caused by brain damage has already been introduced to the courtroom, but how ethical is the subject of scanning a child’s brain, possibly at merely the consent of the parents, to obtain information about a disruptive behavior or neurological disorder? Judy Illes and Thomas Raffin discuss the ethics of neuroscience in light of children in their article called “No Child Left Behind without a Brain Scan? Toward a Pediatric Neuroethics.”
If a child is suffering from dyslexia or a teenager is getting involved in drugs, in the near future will teachers and parents use information from his/her brain to help alleviate these troubles? If so, it will need to be determined how early in a child’s…