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Crime

Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend 187

ananyo writes "In a twist that evokes the dystopian science fiction of writer Philip K. Dick, neuroscientists have found a way to predict whether convicted felons are likely to commit crimes again from looking at their brain scans. Convicts showing low activity in a brain region associated with decision-making and action are more likely to be arrested again, and sooner. The researchers studied a group of 96 male prisoners just before their release. They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the prisoners' brains during computer tasks in which subjects had to make quick decisions and inhibit impulsive reactions. The scans focused on activity in a section of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a small region in the front of the brain involved in motor control and executive functioning. The researchers then followed the ex-convicts for four years to see how they fared. Among the subjects of the study, men who had lower ACC activity during the quick-decision tasks were more likely to be arrested again after getting out of prison, even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors such as age, drug and alcohol abuse and psychopathic traits."

Comment Re:Linuxlookup story plagiarised from happypenguin (Score 2, Informative) 218

There is no ambiguity here. There was no press release. I wrote an original summary of the LGP team and their accomplishments. I posted that summary as news to my site. Some time later, this other site copied my work word-for-word and represented it as their own.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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