US Army researchers study neuroscience to predict soldier activity

4 August 2016 Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have conducted studies to build a database on brain patterns that could help to predict how soldiers will react in  proactive and reactive states. A proactive state is one in which a soldier is said to have good situational awareness of the battlefield, but in a reactive state soldiers are reacting to situations. A team led by ARL neuroscientist Jean Vettel examined brain patterns using an electroencephalogram (EEG), which records voltage fluctuations in different parts of the brain through sensors placed on a person’s head. Brain patterns are formed by activated neural pathways linking various regions of the brain. However, active neural connections may differ among people performing the same activity. Experiments to improve understanding of individual differences in brain patterns have been conducted for the past seven years. “The ARL researchers may use…

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