If you’re like most of us, you probably acquired some habits that are not working in your favor. We all have that little voice in our heads that tells us not to sleep too long, spend more money on unnecessary shopping or smoke that next pack of cigarettes. Unfortunately, that voice of self-control is often not as strong as our will. However, if you’d rather have an external influence that refrains you from these bad habits, Amazon now offers an impressive bracelet.
This bracelet has the ability to help you stop biting your nails, eating too much unhealthy food or spending too much money. This cool gadget is called Pavlok, named after the famous physiologist Pavlov, who invented classical conditioning. This refers to a learning procedure in which a stimulus is combined with another negative or a positive stimulus. In the case of this bracelet it is said to be a “behavior training device that works by utilizing Aversive Conditioning”.
The inventors compare Aversive Conditioning to having food poisoning – once you’ve had it, you’ll stop eating the particular food that gave you the food poisoning. The electric current training device works in a similar way; “Using the slightly uncomfortable stimulus of an electric shock, Pavlok helps train your brain to associate a bad habit with the uncomfortable stimulus. And after as little as a few weeks of associating the two with consistent use, your brain begins to say:
‘Hey, wait a second. Maybe I DON’T like smoking.’
‘Hey, wait a second, maybe that donut doesn’t do much for me at all.’”
The reviews about the product are mostly good, however it doesn’t seem to work for everyone. The ones it does work for, highly recommend the gadget. Nehal Kazim said: “As an entrepreneur, I bought the Pavlok and invested in their productivity coaching program to help me get more things done. In combination with their app, it’s something I use on a daily basis now to change thought patterns, track habits and use it for accountability. I highly recommend.”