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Army Launches Competition for Memory Retention Tech Concepts

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The U.S. Army has unveiled a competition that invites industry to submit concepts of technologies that can identify and trace learning traits that could optimize memory retention.

The Army said Tuesday it aims to explore the effects of emotion on memory and learning and determine how it can employ brain processing technologies to train warfighters through the xTech Brain Operant Learning Technology competition.

The service branch is specifically looking for neuroimaging technologies such as ear-infrared spectroscopy systems and quantitative electroencephalogram testing methods in an effort to augment military training.

"The xTechBOLT prize is a research topic to help us more fully understand how we can take a novice and turn them into an expert, how an experience turns into a memory, and how that memory is then utilized to perform activities," said Darrin Frye, portfolio manager for the Medical Simulation and Information Science Research Program at the Army Medical Research and Development Command.

Interested parties have until Sept. 15 to submit their concept papers to the Army.

Selected participants will present their ideas at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education virtual event.