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Front. Hum. Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00105

Beyond Research Ethics: Dialogues in Neuro-ICT Research

  • 1De Montfort University, United Kingdom
  • 2Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden

The increasing use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to help facilitate neuroscience adds a new level of complexity to the question of how ethical issues of such research can be identified and addressed. Current research ethics practice, based on ethics reviews by institutional review boards (IRB) and underpinned by ethical principalism, has been widely criticised and even called ‘imperialist’. In this paper, we develop an alternative way of approaching ethics in neuro-ICT research, based on discourse ethics, which implements responsible research and innovation through dialogues. We draw on our work in Ethics Support, using the Human Brain Project as empirical evidence of the viability of this approach.

Keywords: Ethics, IRB, Ethics support, discourse, Human Brain Project

Received: 15 Aug 2018; Accepted: 11 Mar 2019.

Edited by:

Tamer Demiralp, Istanbul University, Turkey

Reviewed by:

Judit Sándor, Central European University, Hungary
Ronald Green, Dartmouth College, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 Stahl, Akintoye, Fothergill, Guerrero, Knight and Ulnicane-Ozolina. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Bernd C. Stahl, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, bernd.c.stahl@gmail.com