Karola V. Kreitmair
Title: Assistant Professor
My scholarly work includes topics both in clinical and research ethics. Within clinical ethics, I am working on the implications of the minimally conscious state (MCS) diagnosis, arguing that the reification of such a neurological state raises a number of justice, beneficence, patient preference, and stewardship concerns. I am also working on issues surrounding deep brain stimulation (DBS), specifically concerning effects of self-estrangement.
The rapid rise of neurotechnologies, both in clinical practice and as consumer products, raises questions regarding their ethical implementation. Personal neurostimulation devices, wearable technology, mental health apps, and virtual and augmented reality present challenges as well opportunities for security, health, autonomy, and authenticity. I am particularly interested in the phenomenological, epistemological, and existential implications of self-tracking technology.
I am also working on questions associated with citizen science and gaming within the larger context of de-professionalization and democratization of biomedical research. Citizen scientists who engage biohacking, analyze quantified data from personal technology devices, or conduct their own biomedical research programs are not neatly captured by the norms and regulations of the traditional professional research approach.
Ph.D., Stanford University, Philosophy, 2013
Karola Kreitmair, "Phenomenological Considerations of Sex Tracking Technology," The American Journal of Bioethics 18:2 (2018), 31-33.
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