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Friday, March 18, 2016

Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning

"DARPA aims to enlist the body’s peripheral nervous system to achieve something that has long been considered the brain’s domain alone: facilitating learning. A new program, called Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT), seeks to advance the pace and effectiveness of a specific kind of learning—cognitive skills training—through the precise activation of peripheral nerves that can in turn promote and strengthen neuronal connections in the brain. TNT will pursue development of a platform technology to enhance learning of a wide range of cognitive skills, with a goal of reducing the cost and duration of the Defense Department’s extensive training regimen, while improving outcomes. If successful, TNT could accelerate learning and reduce the time needed to train foreign language specialists, intelligence analysts, cryptographers, and others."