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Neuroprediction is the use of structural or functional brain or nervous system variables to make any type of prediction, including medical prognoses and behavioral forecasts, such as an indicator of future dangerous behavior. This commentary will focus on behavioral predictions, but the analysis applies to any context. The general thesis is that using neurovariables for prediction is a new technology, but that it raises no new ethical issues, at least for now. Only if neuroscience achieves the ability to “read” mental content will genuinely new ethical issues be raised, but that is not possible at present.


Criminal procedure, evidence, neurosciences, behavioral prediction, medical ethics, privacy, sentencing, corrections, parole, bail, neural measures

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Bioethica Forum

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8 Bioethica Forum 128 (2015).