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When Does Consciousness Matter? Lessons From the Minimally Conscious State
Joseph Vukov

Patients in a minimally conscious state (MCS) fall into an importantly different diagnostic category than patients in the more familiar vegetative states (VS). Not only are MCS patients conscious in some sense, but they have a higher chance for recovery than patients in a VS. Because of these differences, we ostensibly have reason to provide MCS patients with care that goes beyond the care we pr...

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The Impact of a Landmark Neuroscience Study on Free Will: A Qualitative Analysis of Articles Using Libet and Colleagues' Methods
Victoria Saigle, Veljko Dubljević & Eric Racine

Gathering evidence across disciplines is a strength of interdisciplinary fields like neuroethics. However, conclusions can only be made if the evidence applies to the issue at hand. Libet and colleagues’ 1983 experiment is an interesting case study in this problem. Despite ongoing critiques about the methods used and the replicability of its findings, many people consider Libet and colleag...

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Disorders of Consciousness, Agency, and Health Care Decision Making: Lessons From a Developmental Model
Megan S. Wright, Claudia Kraft, Michael R. Ulrich & Joseph J. Fins

The health care decision-making framework applied to adolescents, a process that gives minors an increasing role in decision making as they mature, should be applied to patients recovering from disorders of consciousness. The flexibility afforded by this framework allows for participation to change over time in accordance with the patient’s evolution during the recovery process, unlike the r...

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