The Brain Can Stop Bad Habits
The brain has the ability to eliminate old habits if needed, according to a research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Small part in the prefrontal brain cortex, where thought and planning goes on, is responsible for controlling what habits will be eliminated.
“We always thought that habits gives the brain time to think about other things,” said Ann Graybiel, professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
“However, not all parts of the brain are not involved in habits. Several small sections still take control of the habit,” she added, as reported by Health Me Up.
This study provides hope for people who have bad habits to help them stop their habits. Although the habit is ingrained in a person’s body, the brain still has the control to turn it off.
These results also raise the possibility to cure people with disorders related to habits, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.