Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers

Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers

Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers 150 150 icnagency

By: Mark Townsend | Brain scans show social exclusion creates jihadists, say researchers | Neuroscience | The Guardian

International studies of young Muslim men show that radicalisation follows a sense of isolation from society

For years western policymakers have tried to establish what causes individuals to be radicalised. Now a pioneering study has used medical science to gain fresh insight into the process – in the brains of potential jihadists.

University College London (UCL) researchers were part of an international team that used neuroimaging techniques to map how the brains of radicalised individuals respond to being socially marginalised. The findings, they claim, confirm that exclusion is a leading factor in creating violent jihadists.

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