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Predisposed to Kill: The emerging field of neurocriminology

Predisposed to Kill: The emerging field of neurocriminology

In the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report special police unit uses humans with precognition powers, or precogs, to prevent crimes before they happen.  The neuroscience of precognition would be an incredible topic to breach. This isn’t that. Instead, medical and technological advances have brought forth a much more exciting topic: neurocriminology - which has far reaching ethical implication for punishment, prevention and prediction of criminal behavior. 

Blue Brain Red Brain: Science predicts political preference

Blue Brain Red Brain: Science predicts political preference

Which way does your moral compass point? When you read the news and suddenly feel a sense of injustice. Or outrage. Or more rarely, objectivity? When you write a check supporting the party of your choice. When you confidently select a box come election time. Why do you feel so strongly you have made the right choice? Science suggests we don’t have much choice, after all.

Resonant Brain: How you "feel" music

Resonant Brain: How you "feel" music

Foot taps. Head nods. You might smile. Or Cry. You might get goose bumps. You might feel sadness, joy or even reverence. For a second, the face of someone you seldom think about flashes. You close your eyes to get closer. You sing along.  Loudly.  You feel a kinship with the person now staring from the adjoining car. Surely they approve. They do not.  What on Earth is happening to you?  Neurologically, you are having a strong emotional reaction to structured sounds.  Simply put, you are enjoying music.