A Brain Scan That Can Determine Intelligence Brings Up Ethical Issues

Admin | Published 2016-12-13 10:29
This recent innovation brought excitement to some experts, while others see it a possible harm when not used properly. A brain scan that can literally read the mind of its capabilities will soon come to life. Researchers at Yale conducted studies for the Human Connectome Project. They gathered 126 participants, which were subjected to brain scan using an fMRI. The participants was subjected to different cognitive tasks for two days. After they have rested for two more days, the researchers conducted the results. According to experts, people whose 'connectomes' or connection between regions of the brain, that are more wired to each other, showed higher scores on fluid intelligence. Researchers found out who among the participants excelled in such fields. And they said, these connectomes are unique between individuals. Researchers say this is a phenomenal milestone that can help students determine what field they can probably flourish in. The study implies that soon, schools won't have to conduct SAT, but instead, perform this brain scan that exhibits more accurate results. Experts added, this brain scan will not only be useful for improving the education system, but also to different portions of society such as employment and psychiatry. The scan can specifically read the brain's capacity for abstract reasoning, emotions, attitude towards work, behavior, even individual's potential for addiction. However, not all experts are happy about the news. Some say that the device can be the cause of misjudgment of other people. “It brings a slew of ethical issues. With this technique, you might do a brain scan of a person that you’re interviewing for a job to find out if they’ll be a hard worker or diligent or to assess their people skills,” said Peter Bandettini, chief of functional imaging methods at the National Institute of Mental Health who wasn’t involved in the work in an interview. “The work is important because it represents one of the holy grails of functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).”
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