US ARMY SCIENTISTS DEVELOP A TRAINING PROTOCOL TO HELP SOLDIERS TACKLE MENTAL ISSUES

Highlights
• This training protocol has been developed to reduce hostile attribution bias, anger and reactive aggression in ambiguous social conflict situations which affect social bonds, relationships with significant others, team culture and performance
• It has been developed by the scientists at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory and the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research
In order to help soldiers avoid unnecessary social conflict and tackle anger-related issues, U.S. Army scientists have developed a computer-based training.
A Hostile Bias Modification Training protocol has been developed by the scientists at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory and the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research to reduce hostile attribution bias, anger and reactive aggression in ambiguous social conflict situations which affect social bonds, relationships with significant others, team culture and performance.
Army researcher Dr. Sue Kase said “This was a unique across agency collaborative effort bringing together clinical psychology and cognitive science Army researchers to investigate reactive aggressive behavior.” She further said that “After reading an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference publication on social bias factors associated with information transmission, Capt. Jeffrey Osgood of WRAIR contacted the ARL co-authors for assistance.”
Initial reports state that this training is benefiting the soldiers to cope with all their psychological issues.

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