Scottish Universities Insight Institute : a development from the institute for advanced studies

a development from the institute for advanced studies


What are you thinking? Who has a right to know?

Neuroimaging has advanced such that functional magnetic resonance imaging can reveal explicitly an individual’s thought patterns. This raises ethical and practical questions that society needs to address e.g. Who should see our brain images? Should neuroimaging be used as evidence in court, in commerce, or by governments? The key objectives of this programme will be to explore the ethical impact of neuroimaging on society. By stimulating debate and gathering opinion between the general public, societal groups (patients, prisoners), scientists, clinicians, ethicists, legal experts and politicians, we will raise awareness of privacy and ethical issues, determine a cross-section of opinion, and through engagement of users and policy makers, publish reports to guide policy outcomes.

Brain Imaging Tabs

  • Imaging
  • Law
  • Conversation Cafe
  • Neuro-ethics and policy
  • Hank Greely Lecture


All documents, including the Programme report, briefing papers and presentations relating to this programme can be found in the Document library.

Programme team

Press coverage

Read special reports on this programme from The Herald, The Scotsman and The Telegraph.