The electrical stimulation will be the "most effective" treatment for mental illness, according to the neuroscientist and professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) Ignacio Morgado. The Institute of Neuroscience of the UAB has been working for some time on the introduction of small electrical currents in the brain, similar to those produced by their own neurons working.

During the course 'Positive emotions: the art (and science) of enjoying life', Morgado, author of the book 'Emotions and Social Intelligence', explained that the electrical stimulation treatment, applied in his laboratory to rats, and that has been implemented in Canada with depressed people and Alzheimer's patients by the scientist of Spanish origin Andrés Lozano, is giving "amazing and very hopeful" results.

"Unlike biochemical treatments, electrical stimulation has no side effects and the reaction is immediate, "said Morgado, who has also warned that this treatment has nothing to do with electroshock.

According to the neuroscientist, another line of research that is currently being developed and that could greatly benefit people with pathologies linked to memory-prostraumatic stress, Alzheimer's disease-is related to artificial forms of inject into the brain the molecules responsible for filtering memories.

"It has been scientifically proven that people who have damaged the emotional system are more wrong"

Regarding the influence of emotions on brain activity, he explained that emotions they are "fundamental for decision making", since "it has been scientifically proven that people who have damaged the emotional system are more wrong".

"However, the key to well-being is knowing how to balance reason and emotion, getting our feelings in tune with our reasoning," said the professor.

To avoid stress and achieve greater well-being, Morgado has advised, above all, to harmonize our desires with our possibilities, which would generate small achievements and avoid great frustrations.


Brain Stimulation Experiment (November 2019).