Exclusive: Brain zap therapy for aggression to be tested on prisoners

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    Exclusive: Brain zap therapy for aggression to be tested on prisoners
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    Prisons aren’t particularly conducive to peaceful behaviour

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    By David Adam

    ZAPPING parts of the brain with electrical current has been found to boost memory and may relieve depression. Now psychologists are planning a new test of its powers. This month, transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) will be tested in a prison in Spain, as part of controversial efforts to see if it can calm violent urges.

    “The study is to try to find out if TDCS has an effect on different assessments of aggression,” says Andrés Molero-Chamizo at the University of Huelva, who is leading the project. “It could help to keep …

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