Military combat marks the brain

Military combat marks the brain

Regions involved in memory and attention changed after soldiers' deployment

By Laura Sanders, 19:16 PM September 4, 2012

A single four-month deployment to Afghanistan is associated with brain changes and diminished attention, Dutch scientists report. Most changes went away a year and a half after returning from combat, suggesting that the brain can largely heal itself — and that longer breaks between combat tours might be a good idea.

The study, which focused on healthy Dutch soldiers, reveals how the brain responds to stress outside of a laboratory, says clinical neuroscientist Rajita Sinha of the Yale Unive...

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