Elsevier LogoEach one of may have encountered at least one situation in our lives where we’ve showed some signs of impulsiveness. More recently, a study conducted by Dr Chi-Hung Juan of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University in Taiwan put forth that inhibitory control can be seemingly enhanced by weak brain stimulation.

Inhibitory control seems to be an essential factor for prohibiting impulsivity. The investigation reveals that non-invasive form of a mild mediation may be supposedly effective in increasing inhibitory control.

As per the study, a mild electrical current was passed across the participants’ scalp for around 10 minutes. This stimulation enhanced their ability to ponder over responses, without jumping to impulsive conclusions. In other words, the ray of current was effective in hitting the brain’s ability to control impulsivity.

Professor Chi-Hung Juan who led the team remarked, “The findings that electrical stimulation to the brain can improve control of their behavioral urges not only provide further understanding of the neural basis of inhibitory control but also suggest a possible therapeutic intervention method for clinical populations, such as those with drug additions or ADHD, in the future.”

This procedure has a potency to serve as a non-penetrative treatment for patients with conditions like. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s syndrome, drug addictions, or violent impulsivity.

The study is published in the June 2011 issue of Neuroimage in the Elsevier’s Journal of Brain Function.