Thursday, September 10, 2015

Should we brain-scan incoming college students?

Don't you get up some days and think, "Aw, what now?" I try never to say that, even inwardly, because I soon find out what.

Case in point: Some profs at Ohio State are working on a program to scan incoming students and use other assessments to create a personalized college plan.

"It's a lofty goal." one said.

People vary in their cognitive abilities (boy howdy). But what aspects of this come from their "neural underpinnings"?

At present brain imaging is used to find disorders. These profs are trying to peek in and see why someone is so happy or is good at math.

They have already collected data on 250 people, with another 250 to go.

They say this is to maximize potential.

Despite the fact that this is theoretical at present, I say it's creepy and intrusive. Image that!

What if we start  imaging to see if someone has serial killer or sociopathic tendencies? Or is incompetent to vote?

When Susie gets to college, would you want someone to say, "Hmmm, looks like this little gal is not mentally cut out for medical school?"

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