Scientists want to zap your brain to stop you from making dumb decisions

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Have you ever wished that a higher being would stop you from doing stupid things just before you do them? Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine may have just discovered the next best thing: implantable devices that can shock your brain out of self-destructive choices.

The scientists, studying deep brain stimulation in mice, found that electrical activity in the nucleus accumbens — a deep part of the brain that controls our reward systems — spikes right before a "moment of weakness." By shooting electricity to the nucleus accumbens through a specialized device right as this increased activity was detected, they were able to prevent mice from giving into their vices — in this case, high-fat food the mice had been taught to binge eat.

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