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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Neurocognitive Solutions for Performance Enhancement


Airman Systems Directorate, RHC/Decision Making Division

RO# Location
13.15.07.C0239 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


Name E-mail Phone
McKinley, Richard Andrew 937-938-3598


The Neurocognitive Solutions for Performance Enhancement opportunity will involve the assessment of behavior and the relationship of biological, electrophysiological, and/or molecular changes under stress. Chronic and acute stress effects will be explored. The proposed studies should span the assessment of animal models and the expected or tested relationship to human behavior. The findings of the proposed efforts should lend to cognitive optimization and potential solutions for optimal performance under stress. Performance optimization techniques to be explored may include but are not limited to vagal nerve stimulation, neuropharmacology, or behavioral/cognitive training.

Colzato, L.S., Ritter, S.M., Steenbergen, L. (2018). Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) enhances divergent thinking. Neuropsychologia, 111: 72-76.

Broncel, A., Blizniewska, K., Talarowska, M. (2017). How Does Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Affect Cognition? A Review. Medical Science & Technology, 58:67-72.

Hanson, N. (2017). The Longevity of Hippocampus-Dependent Memory is Orchestrated by the Locus Coeruleus Noradrenergic System. Neural Plasticity, 2017: 2727602. doi: 10.115/2727602.

Biology; Cognition; Neurology; Performance; Electrophysiology; Stress


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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