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The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens

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Here's a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general public, that number is less than five percent. Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens shares her research into the connection between brain trauma and the behaviors that keep people in the revolving door of criminal justice — and some ways to make the system more effective and safer for everyone.

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24 Comments on The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens

  1. Louix Griego // 17th May 2019 at 5:41 pm // Reply

    Science is incredible. Thank you for this Tedx Talk.

  2. Dr. James Cooke // 17th May 2019 at 5:43 pm // Reply

    I’m a neuroscientist and it’s so important that TED is bringing this research to the general public.  I’m trying to do the same thing so feel free to send me any questions you have relating to the brain! I’ll try to do a Q&A for the TED audience on my channel soon.

  3. O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me // 17th May 2019 at 5:49 pm // Reply

    Morality is listed, when the basic needs are not met. *Maslow for the win.*

  4. Carlos Navarro // 17th May 2019 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    Wow, those TBI numbers are staggering!

  5. I’ve suspected this for quite some time. I did 6 months in jail about 10 years ago (haven’t been back) and I noticed how nearly everyone in there had behavioral issues and general mental issues. My bunk mate and myself used to debate this all the time and we always ended by saying that someone needed to look into it. Glad someone cares enough about these forgotten members of our society to actually research it.

    • Laura McKinlay // 17th May 2019 at 6:17 pm // Reply

      I think it would also be interesting to look at how psychological trauma fits into the picture. I imagine a high percentage of these people have trauma related mental problems as well; luckily, the treatments they are offering are also useful in treating trauma victims. Absolutely fantastic work.

  6. Abigail Ball // 17th May 2019 at 5:56 pm // Reply

    I will always keep this in mind after having brain surgery after a car accident.

  7. Life Progress - Health, Wealth, & Happiness Channel // 17th May 2019 at 5:58 pm // Reply

    *_IDK why it popped into my head but has anyone name Ted spoke on TED?_*

  8. Gabriella Patricola // 17th May 2019 at 6:03 pm // Reply

    A very courageous talk. Brava!

  9. “doesn’t resolve of responsibility” nice memes from the US once again

    You remove responsibility from kids, mentally handicapped people and from mentally ill people. Given the circumstances or the ability all these 3 groups would commit crimes.

    but once it is an adult that has a similar deficit, no, that’s when you just shove them into prison which of course causes them to be more like the 3 groups mentioned. As I mentioned kids, mentally handicapped and mentally ill and from US prisons you (generally) come out more stupid and you mental health deteriorates. But then you make no attempt to fix their situation and guess what happens.

    It’s basic science Americans, no normal human being is by nature bad, so no one should be in prison in the current definition of it or be punished. The closest thing to evil is corrupt politicians, corrupt police or any high tier citizen which despite not fitting into kid, mentally handicapped, mentally ill still end up doing evil. Guess what, these are the people less likely to be in prison because they have the means to avoid it and (in a positive note) control it within the bounds of legality.

    but even they could be mentally ill or have personality problems we as of yet don’t see as a risk.

  10. Rose Milikai // 17th May 2019 at 6:33 pm // Reply

    deadass thought this was Linda from the show Lucifer

  11. CabaioMonte // 17th May 2019 at 6:37 pm // Reply

    I hope I can find the research online. If this turns out true (which I hardly believe) it can be revolutionary

  12. olli tuovinen // 17th May 2019 at 7:05 pm // Reply

    Also low IQ + high testosterone increase crime.

  13. Adam Sarwar // 17th May 2019 at 7:13 pm // Reply

    Prison for profit has to end, including each group of people who maintain this status quo.

  14. Jonathan Devon // 17th May 2019 at 7:43 pm // Reply

    Surprising? I thought it was common knowledge.

  15. Amanda Anderson // 17th May 2019 at 9:22 pm // Reply

    Thank you for this. I’m passing it on to my military friends.

  16. beverly fuller // 17th May 2019 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    Excellent information, well presented but puzzled and irritated by the occasional laughs of the presenter.

  17. Teri Scallon // 17th May 2019 at 11:23 pm // Reply

    That was incredible. Such good work being done here.

  18. I strongly feel that I suffer from a TBI. How can i confirm that I am?

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