Neuroethics Lab 

The ethical issues associated with neuroscience are complex and multifaceted. Solutions require insight from multiple disciplines. The neuroethics lab brings together trainees from the humanities and sciences to work on these ethical issues.

Recent Lab News

Trainees

Caroline Neely, Ph.D. 

Program: Neuroscience, George Mason University            

Project: A Bayesian Framework for Disorders of Consciousness Research             

Outputs: Presented at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience.

Sarah Denton, M.A. 

Program: Philosophy, George Mason University           

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

Outputs: Presented at the 2017 International Neuroethics Society; AJOB-Neuroscience "Top Abstract" award.

Appointed as research associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's AI and Futures Lab. 

Joseph Defanco, M.A.

Program: Neuroscience, George Mason University            

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

Outputs: Accepted to the 2017 International Neuroethics Society; Funded by Mason's OSCAR program; Accepted to Mason's Global Health Fellows Program; Accepted as Congressional Intern to U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Fall 2017; Research Intern at Center for Policy and Emerging Technologies, Spring 2018; Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University's Neuroethics Program, Spring 2018.    

Mike Flynn, M.A.

Program: Philosophy, George Mason University           

Project: Inductive Risk and Diagnosis in The Vegetative State          

Outputs: Presented at the 2017 International Neuroethics Society; INS/Oxford University Press poster award.

Philip Downes, M.A. 

Program: Interdisciplinary Studies, George Mason University           

Project: Ethical Issues in Pharmacological Research in Disorders of Consciousness: A Case Study of Amantadine (Completed)

Outputs: Presented at the 2017 International Neuroethics Society; AJOB-Neuroscience "Top Abstract" award.

Molly Kluck, B.S.

Program: Psychology, George Mason University           

Project: Ethical Considerations for fMRI Research Involving Human Fetuses in Utero              

Outputs: Presented at the 2017 International Neuroethics Society; AJOB-Neuroscience "Top Abstract" award; Funded by Mason's OSCAR program.

Molly Cairncross, Ph.D. 

Program: Neuropsychology, University of Windsor           

Project: Assessing Decision Making Capacity in Patients with Communication Impairments            

Outputs: Published in Cambridge Quarterly; Accepted to the 2015 International Neuropsychology Society.           

 

Mary Stephensen, M.A. 

Program: Philosophy, University of Western Ontario           

Project: Are Dead Donors Really Dead, Or Just Dead Enough?             

Outputs: Accepted to the 2016 Canadian Bioethics Society; Accepted to the 2016 Canadian Philosophical Association.    

 

Tyler Pitre, Ph.D. 

Program: Philosophy, University of Western Ontario            

Project: Criteria for The Disclosure of Information in fMRI Studies for Patients in The Vegetative State. 

Outputs: Accepted to the 2016 Canadian Bioethics Society.