So, part of my research focuses on psychophysiological factors that predict aggression and violence. For example, one of the most replicated findings is that low resting heart rate predicts higher aggression. For another great article, please see this Adrian Raine article. I also teach a class where we explore ethics in psychology. I posted this article the other day in my class and we discussed it. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/us/signs-may-be-evident-in-hindsight-but-predicting-violent-behavior-is-tough.html?emc=edit_tnt_20130918&tntemail0=y&_r=1&&pagewanted=all
The quote that really struck me is
“I can tell you the common characteristics of people who engage in mass shootings: It’s a picture of troubled, isolated young men that matches the picture of tens of thousands of other young men who will never do this.”
If we had the means to predict aggression accurately, what should we do with this information? What issues do you think might emerge? What benefits would you see?