Interface of information technology and neuropsychology: Ethical issues and recommendations

  • Bush S
  • Naugle R
  • Johnson-Greene D
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Abstract

Rapid advancements in information technology and telecommunications (ITT) offer exciting opportunities for neuropsychology. However, guidelines and recommendations for identifying and negotiating ethical challenges have not kept pace with the expansion of ITT. Because many neuropsychologists evaluate and/or treat individuals with cognitive, emotional, and/or physical limitations, neuropsychologists have a responsibility to be aware of the ethical issues associated with ITT use in order to avoid harming those who may be less able to understand or independently manipulate such technology themselves. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of potential implications of the interface between ethics and information technology for neuropsychologists. The first steps in this process include defining terms, identifying relevant issues and challenges, and identifying initial mechanisms to address ethical challenges. In addition, strategies for avoiding ethical misconduct related to information technology are discussed and specific recommendations are offered.

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Authors

  • Shane Bush

  • Richard Naugle

  • Doug Johnson-Greene

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