Most of the time, humans cannot resist their impulses and end up doing something they know it’s wrong or unsuitable for them at the time. They find it hard to control themselves, but a team of researchers from Stanford University discovered a mechanism to keep this urge under control.
We give in to impulses way too often
We often feel we cannot resist temptation, and it’s usually bad for us if we do. These impulses can be anything, from an urge to open the cookie jar when you’ve sworn to go on a diet, to the burning desire to light a cigarette even after quitting.
While performing a study on mice, researchers said they’d discovered the area in their brain which makes them be impulsive. Also, they identified the process which occurred shortly before the animals gave in to their impulses. As a result, they decided to apply a short zap on the region, which helped them control this behavior.
The mechanism controls the center of the brain responsible with impulsive behavior
This is a great finding, but researchers aren’t sure it would work on human impulses as well. For the testing, they looked at a brain simulation which is generally used to study epilepsy symptoms. They are working on the zapping mechanism, but the prospect is great. If their attempts are successful, they might be able to stop binge eating, suicide attempts, sparks of rage, or other destructive behaviors.
However, not all impulses are bad. In fact, most of them are mandatory for survival, as they encourage the conservation of the species. However, some might turn pathological, which can quickly develop into bad habits and put people in danger. Researchers now want to manufacture a brain implant which they can add to this impulse-controlling center. Whenever the person is about to act impulsively, the device will deliver an electrical zap to stop them from doing it.