by Daniel Akst
Wall Street Journal
April 3, 2013
Researchers using magnetic resonance imaging have found that they can predict which inmates are likeliest to break the law again after they’re released.
In a study of 96 male offenders in New Mexico, scientists found during a four-year follow-up that those with low activity in the anterior cingulate cortex were twice as likely to commit another offense as those who had high activity in this brain region. The researchers figured this out by asking participants to take a “go/no go” test that involved pressing a button every time they saw the letter X on screen, but being careful not to press when they saw the letter K. MRIs performed during this test mapped brain activity.
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