Monday, June 2, 2014

The Military is Building Brain Chips to Treat PTSD....?!

The news is out, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has received $26 million dollars to fund a project using "deep brain stimulation" or electric shocks, with the hopes to "record, predict and possibly treat anxiety, depression and other maladies of mood and mind."  

Their plan is to use a deep brain implant to try to monitor activity in the amygdala,  from which they would create models and maps to allow for a more precise understanding of the electrical patterns in the brain that signal anxiety, memory loss and depression.  By understand the patterns, they believe they will be able to predict mood changes, and potentially remedy negative ones, such as PTSD remotely via a device that causes the brain to establish new circuits and areas outside of the traumatized regions.

Read more about the project here!

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