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date: 18 January 2020

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With the increasing use of neuroimaging research in psychiatry and the role imaging plays in society more generally in how mental illness is understood, it is important to consider the myriad ethical issues raised by imaging technologies, for example, for medicine, for law, and for patients. This chapter provides an overview of major ethical questions concerning: imaging of ethical reasoning in psychiatric disorder; forensic psychiatry, criminality, and responsibility; mindblindness and empathy in autism; the use of neuroimaging for screening, prediction, and diagnosis; “mind reading” and the right to privacy of thoughts; and the implications of imaging for the ethics and politics of biological psychiatry.

Keywords: imaging, psychiatry, ethics, neuroimaging, politics, autism

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