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Head StrongHow Psychology is Revolutionizing War, Revised and Expanded Edition$
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Michael D. Matthews

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190870478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190870478.001.0001

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Building Better Soldiers Through Science

Building Better Soldiers Through Science

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Head Strong

Michael D. Matthews

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at how psychology and related sciences may contribute to training and developing more effective soldiers. Topics include approaches to engineering a more resilient soldier, one that is less vulnerable to posttraumatic stress disorder and other forms of combat stress. Engineering 24/7 soldiers, that is, soldiers who can perform for extended periods of time without sleep, is examined. Psychological approaches to increasing the ability of soldiers to kill are considered. The chapter concludes with a discussion of approaches to increase the physical capabilities of soldiers that also have psychological consequences, including advanced prosthetics, robotics and human-robot interface, and augmented cognition.

Keywords:   training, psychological stress, sleep, robotics, lethal force

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