A study has been recently conducted at the University of Pennsylvania that claims that minimal shocks to the brain can make a person less likely to be violent and commit and crime. Neat, huh?
These shocks have been found to increase people’s understanding of violence and aggression as something morally wrong. 81 adults were used for the study, and were divided into two groups. One that was given shocks, and the other were left untouched.
The findings concluded that those that who received the shocks were much less likely (47-70% less) to carry out an assault, in comparison to those who were not shocked.
This of course does not mean that we should just start to shock the brains of all potentially violent people, especially since the study did examine exactly how many shocks would be optimal, how long the treatment should ideally last and what voltage would be appropriate.
There is a lot more work that needs to be done before this can potentially come into effect.
Although more research must be invested, this concept is not so far off. Transcranial direct-current stimulation has already been used to treat Alzheimer’s and opioid addiction. Maybe one day the violent parts of society will be able to be tackled too by some little shocks.
Or perhaps, we just need to keep our minds stimulated. Is that what truly turns on a violent mind?