In neurocriminology, science advances amid tough ethical questions

04/30/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

As the use of neuroscience in the field of criminology advances, ethical questions about predicting who may be likely to commit crimes have resurfaced. Research suggests tools such as brain imaging can pinpoint physical and functional characteristics that may make some individuals more prone to violence, but some experts worry that neurocriminology would lead to a society that would have a soft approach to crime, while others are uncomfortable that science may be used to stigmatize innocent people.

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