Monday, June 20, 2016
A Look At How A Soldier's Brain And Body Responds Before, During, And After Combat
Adam Linehan, Task & Purpose: This Is Your Brain On War
Task & Purpose teamed up with combat psychologist and author Lt. Col. Dave Grossman to produce this visual guide to what happens to the mind and body before, during, and after combat.
In 2012, legendary BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner jumped from a helium balloon 24 miles above the Earth to set the record for highest ever free-fall. Red Bull, the sponsor, had poured more than $65 million into the project and employed some of the world’s most eminent scientists and engineers to see it through, but the mission was nearly a complete failure — not because of any technical issues, but because in the months leading up to the jump, Baumgartner had developed a crippling fear of his space suit.
Even under the most extreme circumstances, undesirable emotions can be managed. The sports world realized that a long time ago, which is why today mental training is incorporated into nearly every professional sport. When Baumgartner tried to back out of the jump, Red Bull called in their secret weapon: a renowned performance psychologist named Dr. Michael Gervais, who quickly got the 43-year-old athlete’s anxiety under control. Baumgartner’s fall, which broke the sound barrier, was flawless.
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WNU Editor: The "scientist" in me found this article a fascinating read, and for soldiers who have been in combat .... probably doubly so. This is a must read.