Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lookalikes #33: Murderer's brain and teddy bear

Left: a teddy bear; right: brain scan of murderer Antonio Bustamante, spared the death penalty after a jury saw this image, feeling sympathy for the teddy bear-like image. Bustamante was deprived of a teddy bear as a child; clearly the motivation for his later crimes.

Though 'neurocriminology' still has connotations with the outmoded 19th century practice of phrenology, where criminals were judged by the shape of their head, it is slowly becoming more widely accepted. Read a Guardian article here.

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