|By Marketwired .||
|May 21, 2014 01:30 PM EDT||
ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwired - May 21, 2014) - A new study conducted by The Mind Research Network (MRN) in Albuquerque found that youth 12 to 18 who commit homicide have very different brains than other serious juvenile offenders who have not committed a homicide.
The findings of the study, Abnormal Brain Structure in Youth Who Commit Homicide, are published in the peer-review journal NeuroImage: Clinical.
MRN researchers applied sophisticated machine-learning techniques to MRI brain scans of adolescent offenders and were able to tell with an 81-percent rate of accuracy which brains belonged to youths who had committed homicide versus other youth. The structural differences in homicide offenders included reduced gray matter in the medial and lateral temporal lobes including the hippocampus and posterior insula. The temporal lobe regions are involved in emotional processing and regulating impulses.
Dr. Kent Kiehl of MRN, senior author of the study, said these findings have serious implications for understanding some of the root brain problems that could lead youth to cross a line and commit violent crime.
"As policymakers grapple with the high societal, human, and budgetary costs of violent crime and incarceration among young people, it is within the power of neuroscience to help understand the brain abnormalities involved. Then we can create medicine and behavioral therapies to reduce the likelihood of these violent crimes, or in a perfect world, prevent these crimes from happening at all," Kiehl said. "It is my hope that these findings will lead to the ability to better understand at-risk kids before they commit homicide and put them on a different and productive path."
This research is the first serious neuroscientific study to examine brain differences in youth who commit homicide. Specifically, researchers compared the brains of 20 male adolescents who committed homicide and were incarcerated in a maximum-security juvenile facility with the brains of 135 juvenile offenders who have not committed homicide but were also incarcerated in a maximum-security facility. The study included two additional control groups to help isolate and verify the forensic findings.
The study included volunteer inmates from New Mexico correctional facilities and was supported by funding from the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition, this research was inspired by conversations with the Avielle Foundation, which was created in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
ABOUT THE MIND RESEARCH NETWORK
The Mind Research Network (MRN), headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., is committed to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and other brain disorders. MRN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of an interdisciplinary association of scientists located at universities, national laboratories, and research centers around the world and is focused on imaging technology and its emergence as an integral element of neuroscience investigation.
Learn more at www.mrn.org.
Dr. Kent Kiehl
Executive Science Officer and Director of Mobile Brain Imaging
Mind Research Network
& Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Law
University of New Mexico
As-a-service models offer huge opportunities, but also complicate security. It may seem that the easiest way to migrate to a new architectural model is to let others, experts in their field, do the work. This has given rise to many as-a-service models throughout the industry and across the entire technology stack, from software to infrastructure. While this has unlocked huge opportunities to accelerate the deployment of new capabilities or increase economic efficiencies within an organization, i...
Oct. 6, 2015 03:00 PM EDT
Oct. 6, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 211
Oct. 6, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 237
“All our customers are looking at the cloud ecosystem as an important part of their overall product strategy. Some see it evolve as a multi-cloud / hybrid cloud strategy, while others are embracing all forms of cloud offerings like PaaS, IaaS and SaaS in their solutions,” noted Suhas Joshi, Vice President – Technology, at Harbinger Group, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff.
Oct. 6, 2015 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 358
Oct. 6, 2015 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 293
Oct. 6, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 219
Oct. 6, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 294
Oct. 6, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 580
Oct. 6, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 733
Oct. 6, 2015 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 456
Oct. 6, 2015 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 573
Oct. 6, 2015 12:15 PM EDT
SYS-CON Events announced today that VividCortex, the monitoring solution for the modern data system, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The database is the heart of most applications, but it’s also the part that’s hardest to scale, monitor, and optimize even as it’s growing 50% year over year. VividCortex is the first unified suite of database monitoring tools specifically desi...
Oct. 6, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 405
Oct. 6, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 282
Oct. 6, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 433