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Understanding Pedophilia and Sexual Offenders Against Children: Neuroimaging and its Implications fo

James M. Cantor, Ph.D., CPsych. - Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Presented:  November 16, 2012

ABSTRACT:  Brain scanning technologies stand poised to revolutionize our understanding of pedophilia and hebephilia.  Even though the first MRI studies of those conditions were reported less than five years ago, increasingly detailed brain mapping is already leading to new insights into how these disorders develop, and research teams internationally are reporting preliminary studies, laying the groundwork for the development of an fMRI-based test of pedophilia.  This talk will summarize the findings pertinent to the etiology of pedophilia, the current state of research on the structural and functional neuroimaging of pedophilia, and the implications of these findings and potential technologies for early detection and prevention of pedophilia and childhood sexual abuse.

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