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June 25, 2009


Sharon McEachern

Hate to muddy the waters, but perpetrators of hate-based violent crimes may find a defense in some recent research that could suggest a genetic predisposition. Recent imaging research suggests that bullies' brains may be hardwired for sadism. Using function Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), images of bullies' brains showed that inflicting pain stimulated the brain pleasure centers of males who are unusually aggressive, but showed no activity in brains of normal males. But, does that necessarily indicate that hate-crime perpetrators have no control because their brains are wired differently? Or that they chose to feel the sadistic "pleasure"? Check out this research at:

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