It’s a risk to go off half cocked with these studies. It would be good to do longitudinal studies, following people through changes in their lives. What would a low down gangster’s salvational encounter with God, mirrored in a life that actually does play out from that point as sanctified, look like in the brain scan, or conversely what would it look like in the case of a “decent” person whose conduct later “goes south”?
Excellent point! Is this deficit/difference subject to actual measurable change?
Excellent point...How about David Berkowitz?
“Its a risk to go off half cocked with these studies. It would be good to do longitudinal studies, following people through changes in their lives.”
Agreed. And even for this snapshot in time, I’d like more information about the control group here. Presumably the murderers were locked up in prison. Were the members of the control group also in prison? If not, how do we know the reported differences are not simply due to being in prison?
If the control group was in prison, how do we know that these prisoners had not also committed murder, but had not been detected and convicted of it? Do we just ask them and take their word for it?
I don’t accept any of this study, at this point. There is far too much phony science and far too little diligence in “peer review” of published papers today.
The famed researcher, Lorena Bobbit, agrees with you.