An article in Health section of the New York Times recently described the differences in fMRI scans of bullies and non-bullies. Subjects were shown clips of people in pain as a result of accidents, and the fMRI scans of bullies showed a response in the center associated with reward and pleasure whereas non-bullies did not exhibit the same response. The author concludes that the "striking differences" in brain scans "suggests...major differences in how [bullies] process information."
Although this may seem obvious to any academic of the neuroscience field, the connection between the physical brain and behavior does not seem as clear with the public. News stories like this, however, are promising in that it indicates that the media is slowly opening up to this connection between the brain and behavior. With further acknowledgement of this brain-behavior link, we may very well see an increased need for research in the realm of neuroscience and neurolaw, which is deficient when compared to other fields such as genomics. An increased awareness of the brain-behavior connection could be both beneficial and detrimental, as the brain may now become a target area for treatment. However, discrimination may occur against people with brains who do not function in socially acceptable ways.