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711 HPW Brain Stimulation

Brain stimulation study volunteer Staff Sgt. William Raydon receives a mild electric stimulation to his brain as part of a study being conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW). The application of a mild, electric current to particular areas of the brain produces significant improvements in visual targeting and attention span, remediates the effect of fatigue on skills like these, and improves energy levels and mood in the volunteer study participants, all of whom are active-duty airmen.

The 711 HPW works to push the boundaries of peak human performance, to help people function at their best, and helps them operate optimally in their environment. Its mission is to advance human performance in air, space, and cyberspace through research, education and consultation.

(Photo credit: Michele Eaton, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, USAF)

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