The ethics of psychedelic research in disorders of consciousness

Andrew Peterson, Enzo Tagliazucchi, Charles Weijer

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This article provides an ethical analysis of psychedelic research involving disorders of consciousness patients. We apply two internationally accepted approaches for analyzing the ethics of human research, the Value-Validity Framework and Component Analysis, to a research program recently proposed by Scott and Carhart-Harris. We focus on Scott and Carhart-Harris's proposal, but the ethical frameworks outlined are applicable to other novel research protocols in the science of consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberniz013
JournalNeuroscience of Consciousness
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • disorders of consciousness
  • methodology
  • pharmacology
  • psilocybin
  • psychedelics
  • research ethics


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