- “With this baby, we can make any woman we desire our willing sex slave. And I know just where to start…”
- ―Warren Mears[src]
Warren Mears used the artifact on his ex-girlfriend, Katrina Silber, to transform her into his sexual slave. However, the effects of the Dampener were temporary, causing Katrina to break free of the spell before Warren could rape her. He tried to use the Dampener once again, but the artifact’s power had worn down. As Katrina tried to escape the Trio’s lair, Warren smashed a champagne bottle on the back of her head, killing her.
When activated, the Dampener emitted a flash of light that took away the free will of the victim, making them submissive to the caster. Wearing sunglasses, however, blocked the effects of the Dampener. Also, the device requires periodic magical powering from the demon's gland, otherwise it becomes useless.
- In Flooded, the Trio mentions hypnotizing Buffy to neutralize and prevent her from interfering with their plans. The Cerebral Dampener may be the result of that endeavor.