(USA Today / Worthy News)– The military's research arm is taking a different tack in funding a $26 million project to develop a device implanted in the skull. The goal is to stimulate parts of the brain as a way to treat psychiatric disorders including depression, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding the five-year project led by University of California, San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital.
An implanted device could allow researchers to stimulate specific parts of the brain in ways not previously possible.
The project is part of President Obama's Brain Initiative, a $100 million effort to research brain mapping that could lead to new ways of treating a wide range of brain disorders, including Alzheimer's, autism and traumatic brain injury.