Adrian Owen, Professor in the Department of Psychology, is conducting research using fMRI technology to communicate with people thought to be in “vegetative states”.
Using brain scans, Owen has allowed people to communicate with the outside world. The work of Owen and other researchers opens the door for recovery for people long considered to be past the point of recovery or treatment.
Newsweek featured his findings and related research of others.
The CBC Radio program Ideas also featured Philosophy PhD student Andrew Peterson, who is working with scientists at the Brain and Mind Institute, as he discussed the ethical and moral questions arising from the findings.