Tactical Neuroscience with Justin Smith PhD

Mar 10, 2022



 Before and preparation of upcoming high stress training or event

4:00 What are things we can do before stressful situation?

4:30 When training practice mindfulness and empathy will help increase level of retention of training

6:00 Seek out opportunities that will level up your training

7:30 - 23:00

  1. Check in with yourself prior to training and during
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Physical Surroundings
  • Mental state
  1. Add aspects to training scenarios out of your comfort zone
  2. Knowing your strength and weaknesses

After High Stress Event


About Justin Smith
Alaska born-and-raised, turned Idahoan by way of Bozeman, MT (Montana State), Vaxjo, Sweden (Linnaeus University), and South Dakota (USD). I have always been interested in decision-making under stressful conditions. Growing up in Alaska, I was presented with many opportunities for outdoor adventures where in a split second, making the correct decision could have dramatic consequences.  A combination of my interests in human behavior and leading an outdoor lifestyle, lead me from Alaska to Montana to study experimental psychology.  Next, I moved to Sweden upon being accepted to graduate school at the Institute of Social Sciences at Linnaeus University.  For my master’s thesis I chose to investigate the role of cognitive biases and overconfidence in the field of medical decision making.  It was during my master’s work that I became interested of the inner workings of specific brain regions and the decision-making process.  This interest led me to The University of South Dakota to complete my Ph.D. in Neuroscience.  I was able to research specific pathways and molecular processes that influence decision making and stress. 

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