Head Strong: How Psychology is Revolutionizing War

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Oxford University Press, Dec 2, 2013 - Psychology - 288 pages
Psychology is the science that will determine who wins and who loses the wars of the 21st century, just as physics ultimately led the United States to victory in World War II. Changes in the world's political landscape coupled with radical advances in the technology of war will greatly alter how militaries are formed, trained, and led. Leadership under fire - and the traits and skills it requires - is also changing. Grant, Lee, Pershing, Patton - these generals would not succeed in 21st century conflicts. In Head Strong: How Psychology Is Revolutionizing War, Michael D. Matthews explores the many ways that psychology will make the difference for wars yet to come, from revolutionary advances in soldier selection and training to new ways of preparing soldiers to remain resilient in the face of horror and to engineering the super-soldier of the future. These advancements will ripple out to impact on the lives of all of us, not just soldiers. Amputees will have "intelligent" life-like prosthetics that simulate the feel and function of a real limb. Those exposed to trauma will have new and more effective remedies to prevent or treat post-traumatic stress disorder. And a revolution in training - based heavily in the military's increasing reliance on immersive simulations - will radically alter how police, fire, and first-responder personnel are trained in the future. At its heart, war is the most human of endeavors. Psychology, as the science of human behavior, will prove essential to success in future war. Authored by a West Point military psychologist, this book is one of the first to expose us to the smarter wars, and the world around them, to come.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Thomas A Kolditz Preface
Acknowledgments
Psychological Science and the Art of
The Right Soldier for the Right
Turning Civilians Into Soldiers
Soldiers and Systems That Outthink the Enemy
Building Resilient Soldiers
This Is Not Your Fathers Army
Leading in Combat
Leading Others in the Digital
The TwentyFirstCentury Patton
Building Better Soldiers Through Science
A Better World Through Military Psychology
Psychology War Peace and Ethics
Copyright

Winning Hearts and Minds

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Michael D. Matthews is Professor of Engineering Psychology at the United States Military Academy. He served as President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Military Psychology from 2007 to 2008 and is a Templeton Foundation Senior Positive Psychology Fellow. Collectively, his research interests center on Soldier performance in combat and other dangerous contexts.

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