Navy wants to grow sailors' brains with iPhone app

Friday - 11/12/2010, 3:06pm EST

The Navy wants to literally grow sailors' brains with an iPhone app, Wired reports.

A brain fitness training program would sharpen sailors' cognitive skills and improve working memory attention, language processing and decision-making.

Adult brain cells expand and contract in response to stimuli, a process known as neuroplasticity, and the Navy wants to actually see brain tissue growth.

"Growth" in this context actually means a faster brain, where synapses fire electrical impulses more rapidly in response to stimuli.

For such a tool to work requires a "ultramobile platform" like an iPhone or a netbook, Wired reports.

This brain growth could help troops recover from traumatic brain injury and make more alert active soldiers.

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