Neuroethics 7 (1):29-41 (2014)

In this paper, the results of a pilot interview study with 19 subjects participating in an EEG-based non-invasive brain–computer interface (BCI) research study on stroke rehabilitation and assistive technology and of a survey among 17 BCI professionals are presented and discussed in the light of ethical, legal, and social issues in research with human subjects. Most of the users were content with study participation and felt well informed. Negative aspects reported include the long and cumbersome preparation procedure, discomfort with the cap and the wet electrodes, problems concerning BCI control, and strains during the training sessions. In addition, some users reflected on issues concerning system security. When asked for morally problematic issues in this field of non-invasive BCI research, the BCI professionals stressed the need for correct information transfer, the obligation to avoid unrealistic expectations in study participants, the selection of study participants, benefits and strains of participation, BCI illiteracy, the possibility of detrimental brain modifications induced by BCI use, and problems that may arise at the end of the trials. Furthermore, privacy issues were raised. Based on the results obtained, psychosocial and ethical aspects of EEG-based non-invasive BCI research are discussed and possible implications for future research addressed
Keywords Brain–computer interface (BCI)  Ethics  Research  Human subjects  Informed consent  Risks and benefits  User-centered approach
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s12152-013-9179-7
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,410
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Locked Out.Veronica Johansson, Surjo R. Soekadar & Jens Clausen - 2017 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26 (4):555-576.

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Self-Implications in BCI.Tomasz Kowalski - 2008 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 49 (3):295-305.
A Note on Monothetic BCI.Tomasz Kowalski & Sam Butchart - 2006 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 47 (4):541-544.


Added to PP index

Total views
51 ( #224,305 of 2,519,856 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #270,671 of 2,519,856 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes