Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brains and Pedophilic Behaviors, 2

Results of a study related to the brains of people who exhibit pedophilic behaviors were recently released. The research was led by Jorge Ponseti at the University of Kiel in Germany. His team analyzed the MRI scans of 56 male participants, including 13 homosexual paedophiles and 11 heterosexual paedohiles, while they were exposed to ‘highly arousing’ images of men, women, boys, and girls. Participants were asked to rate the images in terms of attractiveness. Dr. James Cantor, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and expert on the subject pedophilia told The Daily Beast, “I have previously described pedophilia as a ‘cross-wiring’ of sexual and nurturing instincts, and this data neatly verifies that interpretation.” This study may pave the way for future work into how this knowledge can be used to test for, and hopefully rehabilitate, paedophiles before they abuse. Part 3 tomorrow.

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