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Neurocognitive and Physiological Factors During High-Tempo Operations

ISBN 9781138072725
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
286 Pages

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Neurocognitive and Physiological Factors During High-Tempo Operations features world-renowned scientists conducting groundbreaking research into the basic mechanisms of stress effects on the human body and psyche, as well as introducing novel pharmaceutics and equipment that can rescue or improve maximal performance during stress. Its focus is on the military model as an exemplar for high-stress environments, the best for understanding human performance under stress, both in the short-term as well as in the long-term. The unprecedented demands on the modern soldier include constantly shifting enemy threat levels and tactics, ambiguous loyalties, rapidly evolving weaponry, and the need to amass, comprehend, retain, and act upon large datasets of information. During high-tempo operations, soldiers must maintain superior cognitive and physical skill levels throughout extended periods of little to no sleep. Furthermore, although a soldier fresh from training may perform at peak skill, the effects of cognitive and physical strain and sleeplessness during deployment can impair his or her ability to transfer instructional knowledge to complex real-life situations. It is necessary to understand how intense workloads, both mental and physical, combine with total sleep deprivation to alter soldier situation awareness, decision-making, and physical abilities. The resulting knowledge can be used to design rapid, deployable fitness-for-duty measures, alter training protocols, and assess training efficacy in order to enable decision-makers to act at peak ability during high operations tempo. In addition, dual-use applications of resulting knowledge and technology extend well into the civilian sector, to law-enforcement officers, healthcare professionals, and emergency responders. The book differs from many previous human factors publications by presenting state-of-the-art neuroscience data in a format that is comprehensible and informative for readers of diverse backgrounds. It not only details human behaviors and perception, but also provides concise brain imagery and physiological findings to support its conclusions. In addition, the incorporation of the US Army soldier model of extreme stress and extreme performance demands provides a real-life theme that anchors the scientific, organizational, assessment and response aspects of each chapter. This book synthesizes hard facts with real-life accounts of performing under stress and shows how a large oversight institution like the US Army can measure and improve human factors considerations for its members.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction, Steve Kornguth; Part 1 Cognition During Real-World Activities: Promises and challenges in translating neurofunctional research for army applications, Richard J. Genik II; Modeling the impact of workload in network centric supervisory control settings, Mary L. Cummings and C.E. Nehme; Systematic measurements of human behavior in naturalistic settings, Matthew Rizzo and Joan Severson; Noninvasive monitoring of brain function with near infrared light, Andrew K. Dunn. Part 2 Cognition During Sleep Deprivation: Individual differences to sleep deprivation vulnerability and the neural connection with task strategy, metacognition, visual spatial attention, and white matter differences, Matthew Rocklage, W. Todd Maddox, Logan T. Trujillo and David M. Schnyer; Identification and prediction of substantial differential vulnerability to the neurobehavioral effects of sleep loss, David F. Dinges and Namni Goel; Sustaining performance: the other side of sleep, Robert Stickgold; Factors affecting mnemonic performance in a nonhuman primate model of cognitive work load, Robert E. Hampson and Sam A. Deadwyler. Part 3 Cognition during Stress and Anxiety: Systems neuroscience approaches to measure brain mechanisms underlying resilience - towards optimizing performance, Martin P. Paulus, Alan N. Simmons, Eric G. Potterat, Karl F. van Orden and Judith L. Swain; The cognitive neuroscience of insight and its antecedents, John Kounios and Mark Beeman; Decision-making under risk and stress: developing a testable model, Richard Gonzalez and Israel Liberzon; Brain processes during expert cognitive-motor performance: the impact of mental stress and emotion regulation, Bradley D. Hatfield and Amy J. Haufler. Part 4 Guidance from Military Leadership and Ethical Considerations: Military operations: humans not machines make the difference, James L. Merlo; Is supraphysiological enhancement possible, and what are the downsides?, Karl E. Friedl; The US army future concept for the human dimension: chief human dimension executive summary, Steven Chandler; Sustaining performance in mass casualty environments, Annette Sobell; Neuropsychiatry and aviation safety, Robert R. Ireland; Closing remarks: realization of existing capabilities in sustaining performance, Rebecca M. Steinberg, Michael D. Matthews and Steve Kornguth; Index.

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Dr. Steve Kornguth is the Director of the Center for Strategic and Innovative Technologies and Biological and Chemical Defense, Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin and Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Neurology and Biomolecular Chemistry at The University of Wisconsin at Madison. Additionally he is a member of the Army Science Board. Dr. Kornguth's research at Wisconsin related to neural development, autoimmune diseases and development of binding agents and platforms for sensors and magnetic resonance image contrast materials. His research efforts at Austin relate to sustaining high-tempo operations performance of soldiers and developing technologies for defense against biological threats. Dr. Kornguth has also established a team of researchers from UT Austin, Baylor College of Medicine, The US Military Academy, Army Research Laboratory/HRED, and the Iron Horse Brigade (1 BCT) First Brigade Combat Team of the First Cavalry Division, to investigate the physical and cognitive correlates of high-tempo operations activity. This research includes identifying the neurophysiological markers of attentiveness, monitoring brain activity during periods of high and low vigilance, and implementing novel protocols to improve performance in high-tempo environments. Dr. Rebecca Steinberg is Program Manager and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Strategic and Innovative Technologies (CSIT) and the Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT) at the University of Texas at Austin. She oversees and contributes to a multidisciplinary multi-institutional study examining the effects of 36 hours' total sleep deprivation on cognition and physical performance of US military cadets, soldiers, and University of Texas undergraduates. Rebecca publishes a monthly newsletter detailing recent findings in the field of human performance, which can be found online at Rebecca received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin, 2007, with a focus on neuroendocrinology and toxicology/pharmacology. Her dissertation research examined the effects of environmental pollutant exposure across multiple generations using hormone assays, immunocytochemistry, behavior, and gene expression arrays. Dr. Michael D. Matthews is currently Professor of Engineering Psychology at the United States Military Academy, where he serves as Director of the Engineering Psychology Program. He is a former Air Force officer with tours of duty at the US Air Force Human Resources Laboratory and as a faculty member at the US Air Force Academy. Dr. Matthews was selected as a Templeton Foundation Positive Psychology Fellow and much of his research focuses on applying Positive Psychology principles to military contexts. He is on the science advisory board for the Military Child Education Coalition, and served as President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Military Psychology from 2007 to 2008. Collectively, his research interests center on soldier performance in combat and other dangerous contexts.


'This well-written report is for the serious student interested in soldier performance. It describes today’s unique challenges faced by the military as well as factors common to all conflicts. Research using advance neuroscience tools is presented along with implications for selection, training and insuring optimal performance. It is a superb compilation of today’s neuroscience and tomorrow’s solutions.' Ronald R. Blanck, Former US Army Surgeon General and Commander, US Army Medical Command 'This book brings the fruits of four decades of basic neuroscience research on how the brain adapts to stress into the real world of military operations. The evidence collected here makes clear that methods are now at hand to determine who is vulnerable to such stresses and what pharmacology may some day be able to do for them. A "must read" for strategists.' Floyd E. Bloom, The Scripps Research Institute, USA 'Kornguth, Steinberg and Matthews have assembled a stellar group of cutting-edge scientists who address a spectrum of crucial neuro-cognitive and physiological issues involved in human performance in extreme conditions. Ranging from the very forefront of theoretical neuroscience to the practical experiences of current military veterans, this work provides critical insights for all who seek to understand the multiple dimensions of human capacities when faced with exceptionally demanding and emergency situations. Not only for the professional researcher or field commander, this text can serve to inform and direct the understanding of students, administrators, representatives and the wider public on our current state of scientific understanding in this vital area of human response capacity.' Peter A. Hancock, University of Central Florida, USA