posted on Jun, 5 2003 @ 06:15 PM
LONDON, May 28 — Scientists have adapted a standard psychological test that detects underlying prejudices to delve into the minds of psychopathic
murderers. Serial killers can be adept at lying and deception, and may turn on the charm to confuse their interrogators, but researchers at Cardiff
University in Wales say their test reveals implicit beliefs.
The test, which requires people to perform tasks and answer questions by computer, shows that psychopathic murderers have more positive reactions to
violence than other offenders, which may underpin their actions and help to expose those most likely to kill.
The test is designed to prevent faking, so violent criminals who may try to deceive police or psychologists would not be able to fool the computer,
There is a link at the end of the article with sample tests.
- demonstration site
Reminds me of the movie Minority Report in the regard that they are going to try and administer these tests and try to prevent crimes before they
I'm all for it if its effective, but what happens when someone "fails" ? What do you do with them, you cant strip them of any rights if they
havent done anything wrong yet, or will they??
They do say that they primarily would like to use it on somebody that has already committed a crime and is up for parole to determine if the person is
likely to commit crime again.
What do you think of this?