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Ethics & Privacy Issues for Cognitive Testing

LearningRx Hit with $4 Million Fine for Deceptive Claims

LearningRx, a brain training & tutoring company, has been fined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making a range of false and unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of its cognitive training programs. LearningRx and its CEO, Dr. Ken Gibson, deceptively claimed that their brain training programs were clinically proven to permanently improve serious health… Read More »

Total Recall: Hollywood Meets Neuroscience

It turns out that Hollywood might be pretty good at predicting the future of neuroscience technology. In the movie Total Recall (let’s stick with the original 1990 film), Douglas Quaid, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, visits Rekall, a virtual reality entertainment service that will implant false memories for a thrill, such as a trip to Mars.… Read More »

The Coming Ethical Quagmire with Brain Imaging Tests

With sophisticated brain imaging tests now making their way out of research labs or clinical trials, and into the doctor’s office, both patients and physicians will have to confront some important ethical and legal questions on how these tests are used. That’s the message from a seminar on amyloid imaging, hosted by the American Academy… Read More »

Privacy and Ethics Challenges on Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

A timely article in the medical journal Neurology speaks to some impending issues that millions of patients and physicians will be facing over the next decade, namely the possible early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in the pre-clinical phase, before functional cognitive impairment is present. New computerized cognitive testing tools and experimental biomarker tests are bringing… Read More »