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We Can—and Should—Scan the Brains of Police Officers for Racist Attitudes


We Can—and Should—Scan the Brains of Police Officers for Racist Attitudes: [] The current trend in mapping involves visualizing what the subject is thinking. For example, a University of California–Berkeley news report titled, “Scientists use brain imaging to reveal the movies in our mind,” begins: “Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s own dream on YouTube.”

“This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,” said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC–Berkeley neuroscientist, in the report.

Now we have to applaud the military for the move toward using fMRI on its recruits. I would advocate that all law enforcement be proactive in following this example.

There are too many half-hearted efforts to reform law enforcement. So when the military says it plans on using this technology to screen troops, to me this is a big deal.

Many studies have tested these technologies as predictive tools for crime and the war on terrorism. And if we’ve learned anything from the National Security Agency (NSA) fiasco, should we count on those working within the justice system to self-regulate?

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