Effects of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation on Soldiers' Cognitive and Functional Performance

2019-11-11 17:49:39 | BioPortfolio


Non-invasive brain stimulation has been shown to alter performance in both clinical and healthy populations on cognitive tasks. While the performance alterations have generally been shown to result in enhancement, mixed results remain in the literature. Much of the mixed results within the literature have been attributed to the use of different stimulation parameters, targeting of different brain areas, and using a variety of performance measures or assessing different constructs. However, non-invasive brain stimulation is a desirable method for enhancing Soldier performance given the ease of administration and minimal side effects as compared to other forms of performance enhancement (e.g., pharmaceuticals, caffeine). The objective of the current study is to evaluate the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in enhancing Soldier cognitive skills and performance on military tasks. A double blind within-subjects design will be used with healthy, rested Soldiers who will receive non-invasive brain stimulation and perform basic cognitive and operationally relevant tasks.

Study Design


Performance Enhancement


Transcranial direct current stimulation


U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
Fort Rucker
United States




United States Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-11-11T17:49:39-0500

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