Document Type


Publication Date



Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing scientific fields in terms of the numbers of scientists and the knowledge being gained. In recent years, both the scope of neuroscience and the methodologies employed by nueroscientists have broadly expanded, from biochemical and genetic analysis of individal nerve cells and their molecular constituents, to the recent neuroscientific achievement in the ability of neuroimaging technoloiges, including funtional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to image brain function. Clinicans and scientists use fMRI not only to map sensory, motor, and cognitive function, but also to study the neural correlates of a range of physical and mental conditions, behaviors, characteristics, and preferences. Due to its recent move outside the clinical and research contexts, fMRI raises a number of ethical, legal, and social issues that are being examined within the overlapping fields of neuroethics and neurolaw.

Publication Citation

42 Akron Law Review 469 (2009)