Vulnerable Populations in Gray Matters

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. Describe the ways in which individuals with impaired consent capacity are a vulnerable population.
  2. Understand circumstances that might make potential participants vulnerable, and merit ethical consideration in neuroscience.
  3. Discuss additional protections researchers can employ to protect vulnerable participants, including those with impaired consent capacity.


Download module here.

Download the Background module on vulnerable populations here.

Listen to "Episode 5: Gray Matters", an episode of Ethically Sounda podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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