Electrical brain stimulation can dampen violent streak

Jul 09, 2018, 7:50 AM EDT
(Source: Surian Soosay/flickr)
(Source: Surian Soosay/flickr)

A potential criminal’s command center, their brain, can be electrically stimulated to dampen their tendency to commit violent and sexual assaults, claims a research at the University of Pennsylvania and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Studies have long established a correlation between impairments in the brain’s prefrontal cortex and an individual’s tilt towards antisocial behavior, but it would be premature to confirm that brain stimulation can reduce violent crimes in the future, writes The Guardian.

The study explores a new kind of approach to stemming violent crimes and sexual assaults by benign biological interventions while raising a few genuine concerns, for example, what if brain zapping aggravates aggressive behavior, would it be mandatory or voluntary for offenders or could it be abused to rein in politically unruly opponents, reports STAT.