Brain Scans Predict Criminal Behavior


A new study conducted by a group of scientists in New Mexico hints at some interesting results which could predict whether or not a criminal will reoffend. These results are based on brain scans that a group of doctors conducted to find out which areas of the brain are most active under certain stimuli. By studyng the anterior cortex, they were able to gather some evidence through a simple test on inmates that, according to the scientists, show it's possible to predict whether or not the person is trying to suppress a feeling or impulse. This could lead to a realization that they may be thinking about committing a crime.

Of course ethic violations are some of the first criticisms that are being brought out against the study, especially since it serves to indicate a future event. This is icy territory for the scientists who deal with things which may or may not happen. So far, the results show an 84% correlation, but these are controlled results only. The tests were done using a portable MRI that the group brought through two state prisons.

This is not the first time brain studies have been done in relation to inmates. The very fact that mental awareness is so important in the justice system is a big incentive for more studies in the area, and back in 2001, some research was done on the most dangerous criminals to show whether or not damaged brains can bring people to commit horrible crimes. But in order to bring this type of research in a courtroom, it often takes far more than simple lab data. The brain is still a mysterious part of our bodies.