Advances and major investments in the field of neuroscience can enhance traditional behavioral science approaches to training, learning, and other applications of value to the Army. Neural-behavioral indicators offer new ways to evaluate how well an individual trainee has assimilated mission critical knowledge and skills, and can also be used to provide feedback on the readiness of soldiers for combat. Current methods for matching individual capabilities with the requirements for performing high-value Army assignments do not include neuropsychological, psychophysiological, neurochemical or neurogenetic components; simple neuropsychological testing could greatly improve training success rates for these assignments.
Opportunities in Neuroscience for Future Army Applications makes 17 recommendations that focus on utilizing current scientific research and development initiatives to improve performance and efficiency, collaborating with pharmaceutical companies to employ neuropharmaceuticals for general sustainment or enhancement of soldier performance, and improving cognitive and behavioral performance using interdisciplinary approaches and technological investments. An essential guide for the Army, this book will also be of interest to other branches of military, national security and intelligence agencies, academic and commercial researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and others interested in applying the rapid advances in neuroscience to the performance of individual and group tasks.
Table of Contents
|2 Neuroscience and the Army||12-22|
|3 Training and Learning||23-35|
|4 Optimizing Decision Making||36-44|
|5 Sustaining Soldier Performance||45-66|
|6 Improving Cognitive and Behavioral Performance||67-73|
|7 Neuroscience Technology Opportunities||74-92|
|8 Long-Term Trends in Research||93-98|
|9 Conclusions and Recommendations||99-104|
|Appendix A; Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||107-109|
|Appendix B: Committee Meetings||110-111|
|Appendix C: Sampling of Behavioral and Neuropsychological Literature (2001-2007) on High-Performance Athletes||112-116|
|Appendix D: Research on Managing Information Overload in Soldiers Under Stress||117-120|
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