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Placing you under arrest for future -- -- -- Now one scientist says he's on the verge of developing technology with a similar purpose a brain scan and they can predict criminal behavior before an illegal act ever takes place.
How might this development -- our justice system can -- is a neuroscientist.
Who led this study he's an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the university of Mexico when he joins us this morning from Albuquerque -- nice to see this morning.
Hi thanks very much for having me -- why did you set about to do this type of research what did you hope to accomplish.
Well the criminal justice system -- to make extremely difficult decisions every day about how to determine if and -- -- ready for release under what conditions to make that release.
And so the federal judges that I work with and you know doing education with them about science in the courtroom there they have this problem they really want to understand what's the best way to understand -- and so.
This study was motivated to try to help understand.
What are the brain systems -- -- convey risk you know in the future so you studied 96 male felons who -- record of course.
And -- brains Afghans and you found some interesting information when you look at these 96 felons tell our audience about this.
Well impulsivity for example is he now has a contract that tends to predict recidivism so.
I think how do you fill out a pen and paper tests and tell me about your impulsive idiotic have you do some some games that might tell me a bit about how impulsive you are -- decision making.
The -- did in this study was we actually went in and measured brain function using an MRI scanner.
While the inmates are getting a task that engage -- impulsive brain systems and what we found was that only follow them up out for years.
Is that the brains can't actually predicted better than any other measure.
Brings image of impulsivity who has -- every offense vs he was not going to be affected so is there a potential natural law enforcement to use this to predict crime.
Under what circumstances might an individual be it.
Forced by the government I supposed to be put on some sort of MRI to find out if they are likely to commit a crime again and could this lead to them being held in prison.
Released from prison early.
Well I think I think it's a little premature to try to be used and it's already -- long horseman.
But it's it was the first time that we've been actually able to you to use a brain -- to predict recidivism.
-- real goal our hope for the work is that.
Because we -- systems that we think we can kind of increase or fix or repair a few well.
That there might be some really -- avenues for different treatments that can be developed that can help -- -- mediate the chances that the offender might -- when they get out.
Could you come to our studio and predict accurately whether or not Tucker Alley and I will eat pastry later in the show -- -- I might fail this which one of -- likes pacers the most -- actually predicting.
As a sign of things have an eternity of it is impulse control around here -- -- fascinating research and I keep us up today and thank you.
If you want to read more about the story go to the -- dot com the got a great read up about it ten -- from Albuquerque thanks so much coming up.
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