Researchers scan the brains of Moroccan jihadist supporters in Spain to study radicalization | 6/12/2019 | Latifa Babas
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To know how radicals' brains function, a group of researchers conducted a series of brain tests on a number of men of Moroccan origin in Barcelona, Spain.

Conducted by multi-disciplinary research institution Artis International and entitled «The Neuroscience of Terrorism : How we convinced a group of radicals to let us scan their brains», the survey concluded that violent extremism is a «social phenomenon» that is mainly related to sacred values.

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The group of researchers conducted 535 surveys of young Moroccan origin men in Barcelona, including 38 participants who declared that they are willing to engage in violent acts to defend jihadist causes.

Moroccan participants, who accepted to get their brains scanned, were questioned about creating «a worldwide caliphate, being ruled by strict Sharia law and engaging in armed jihad», the authors of the survey, published by the Conversation, revealed.

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To study how their brains work, Moroccan participants were put to play a video game, where three other young Spanish male players would pass a ball to each other. These Spanish players were virtual, the authors of the survey indicated.

To divide the group of Moroccan men into two sections, the survey intended to make the Spanish players stop passing the ball to half of the participants to make them feel socially excluded. The other half were passed the ball, making them feel socially included. After playing the game, the participants were then debriefed about subjects related to their sacred and non-sacred values while getting their...
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