A term proposed to describe people who become addicted to electrical stimulation of the pleasure centers of the brain. An addict of this type would probably behave like a rat in a Skinner box, ignoring all other activities such as eating and copulating in favor of the electrical stimulation.
While a wire junkie would probably not experience as many side effects as a regular junkie
, (for example, their liver
would probably be much healthier) the stimulation would still cause an alteration of brain function which could lead to anything from irregular heartbeat
behavior. Michael Crichton
depicts such a case of psycotic breakdown from electrical stimulation in the novel Terminal Man
, which is about a man who has electrodes inserted in his brain to stop seizures. Unfortunatly, the plesure center simulation they use is too strong, and he starts causing seisures more frequently to get the stimulation.