Paedophiles could be ‘spotted and cured’ through MRI scans to detect brain abnormalities and low IQs

  • Paedophilia  could ‘begin in the womb if the mother is stressed’

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:17:38 EST, 20  October 2012| UPDATED:17:38 EST, 20 October 2012



Paedophiles have a ‘mental illness’ that can  be spotted before they abuse anyone, new research claims.

Experts believe they can identify a potential  offender through MRI and IQ tests, and treat the paedophile before they attack a  youngster.

Some believe that they can even ‘cure’  paedophiles, who may have an abnormality in their brains that means they  struggle to differentiate between sexual objects.

Could science have spotted Jimmy Savile? Research suggests paedophiles suffer an abnormality in the brain 

Could science have spotted Jimmy Savile? Research  suggests paedophiles suffer an abnormality in the brain

One expert believes that paedophilia could be  a biological problem that begins in the womb, and could be caused by stressed  mothers-to-be.

Five studies have concentrated on  abnormalities detected in pedophiles’ brains, with results discerning  irregularities in the frontal lobe to observing peadophiles brain activity when  they see images of naked children, the Daily Beastreported.

Research suggested that sex offenders appear  to have significantly less white matter—a substance that connects different  parts of the brain—than those who are pedophiles, according to James Cantor,  associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Cantor told the Daily Beast that through  studying diffusion tensor imaging MRI  scans, he can see patterns of the brain typically  found in pedophiles.

The professor believes that a lack of  connection between parts of the brain could mean that paedophiles struggle to  differentiate between sexual objects.

Paedophiles could undergo MRI scans to spot whether they have a telltale brain abnormality 

Paedophiles could undergo MRI scans to spot whether they  have a telltale brain abnormality

His research discovered that the sexual  predators generally have lower IQs and are disproportionately left-handed  compared to the overall population.

Cantor believes paedophilia could be a  biological problem that some are born with, he told The Daily Beast.

The scientist says it could even develop from  ‘maternal stress while the mother is still pregnant, or a combination of  maternal stress or poor nutrition, or household stress during childhood,’ he  said.

‘If we take out one of those ingredients, we  may break the chain and understand the whole system that ends in pedophilia,’ he  told the Daily Beast.

The search for a cause has intensified in  recent years, as much of the most recent research has focused on medical  treatments for pedophilic urges.

Medications such as Depo-Provera—which is  commonly prescribed for prostate cancer—lower testosterone and libido levels and  are being tested as effective ‘chemical-castration’ treatments, and some say  cures, to pedophilia. Those who seek help are also often treated with talk  therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to the medicinal  route.

But not everyone is convinced that stopping  pedophilia is as simple as taking a pill or reading an MRI.

Thomas Plante, a psychology professor at  California’s Santa Clara University who has done extensive research on child  abuse within the Catholic Church, says sex offenders need to be tackled with  social, psychological and biological treatments.

He believes many of the sex offenders that  authorities consider paedophiles are ‘not paedophiles at all’ but are sex  offenders who will target anyone they can.

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