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Abstract

Research using functional neuroimaging has demonstrated that a proportion of patients that are behaviourally non-responsive at the bedside are actually aware. The presence of awareness in these patients generates questions about their well-being, including the potential that these patients are suffering. I examine the existing neuroscientific research investigating the cognitive capacities of this patient population, and consider the ways in which these residual cognitive capacities allow patients to suffer. I argue that the capacity for suffering in these patients is much greater than other patients with disorders of consciousness, and that this should motivate further research into their subjective experiences, as well as interventions to reduce their potential suffering.

If you would like to attend, please e-mail Jane Beinart at jane.beinart@ethox.ox.ac.uk.

Forthcoming events

Richard Doll Seminar - Measure construction and causal inference

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

WEH/Ethox Seminar - Archival Ethics from Below: The Case of the Uganda Cancer Institute's Records

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 4pm to 5.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - Inhalable microplastics: a new cause for concern

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

WEH/Ethox Seminar: Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

NDPH Inaugural lecture - Crossing the divide between genomics and epidemiology: The curious case of Alzheimer's Disease

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5pm to 7pm @ Lecture Theatre 1, Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, (550) Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

NPEU Seminar - Setting up safety stopping boundaries for a phase II trial: the Poppi trial

Tuesday, 03 December 2019, 10.30am to 11.30am @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF