Criminal Minds

Adrian Raine thinks brain scans can identify children who may become killers

By Josh Fischman

He was locked in a van in England with violent criminals, repeatedly, during his late 20s, says Adrian Raine, lifting a fork of salmon ravioli from his plate at a tony restaurant on Walnut Street. "I was at the maximum-security prison in Hull," says the psychologist, now in his 50s, and his job involved attaching polygraph-type sensors to the prisoners’ skin to measure their agitation as he bothered them with loud sounds and flashes of light. His lab was in the back of the van, he says, "and the guards were very concerned these men would commandeer the vehicle and escape."

Their solution? "Take my keys away and lock the doors from the outside."

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A child in Adrian Raine’s lab at the U. of Pennsylvania, wearing a cap with electrodes to measure brain activity.

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