I have a habit of always chewing my tongue. I’m doing it right now as I type this blog for you.
I heard about a new gadget that can help us kick our habits. The Pavlok bracelet, at $200 on Amazon, delivers a zap that reminds you to stop practices that you want to get rid of.
The engineers at Behavioral Technology in Salt Lake City, Utah, believe a little zap will help you suppress nasty habits in three to five days.
That would be wonderful. My tongue will thank you forever.
The Pavlok creators say their product trains your “reptile brain” into associating the unpleasant sensation with your preferred vice.
The company’s website says, “Aversion therapy is Pavlovian Conditioning — associate the habit you want to stop, with a negative stimulus (like Pavlok’s shock) for a period of time, for a few days in a row. Rapidly, the brain learns to associate the two stimuli together, and stops liking the habit.”
The shock tingles. It doesn’t hurt. There is enough of a sensation to help you reprogram your brain.