Head Strong: Psychology and Military Dominance in the 21st Century by Michael D. MatthewsHead Strong: Psychology and Military Dominance in the 21st Century by Michael D. Matthews

Head Strong: Psychology and Military Dominance in the 21st Century

byMichael D. Matthews

Hardcover | December 11, 2013

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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 alterhow 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: Psychology and Military Dominance in the 21st Century, 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 theface 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 havenew 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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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 pe...
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Title:Head Strong: Psychology and Military Dominance in the 21st CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199916179

ISBN - 13:9780199916177

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Preface1. The Importance of Psychology in Winning Wars2. The Right Soldier for the Right Job3. The Human in the System4. Stress and Resilience5. Social War6. How Wars will be Shaped by a Phantom Enemy7. Leadership in Future Wars8. Robo-Soldier: Science and Creation of the Super-Soldier9. The Societal Costs of War