fMRI in the public eye

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2005 Feb;6(2):159-64. doi: 10.1038/nrn1609.


The wide dissemination and expanding applications of functional MRI have not escaped the attention of the media or discussion in the wider public arena. From the bench to the bedside, this technology has introduced substantial ethical challenges. Are the boundaries of what it can and cannot achieve being communicated to the public? Are its limitations understood? And given the complexities that are inherent to neuroscience, are current avenues for communication adequate?

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology
  • Brain / blood supply
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Emotions / physiology
  • Genomics
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / trends*