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As we age, our brain has a harder time dealing with distractions. Brains get stronger by eliminating distractions rather than pushing to overcome them.

Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director

Brain Performance Institute

Mike Rials, B.S.

Warrior Training Team

Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient Sergeant Mike Rials is head of training operations for the Brain Performance Institute. He facilitates high performance brain training for warriors, corporate executives, athletes, and others.

After four years with the Marine Corps, in which he was deployed on two Iraq tours and one Afghanistan tour, Sgt. Rials earned a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in criminology.  The invisible effects of the war on not only his fellow Marines, but also himself, motivated Mike to want to better understand the mind and improve the lives of other military service personnel.
After experiencing the meaningful, life-changing impact of the Center’s Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and magnetic stimulation therapy for post-traumatic stress (PTS), Mike joined the Center for BrainHealth staff in 2012. Prior to that, during his time as a student, he revitalized the languishing, four-member Veterans of Dallas at UT Dallas club and transformed it into an organization with more than 140 members. He successfully campaigned to establish the fully funded on-campus Veterans Center, which houses amenities for vets such as computers, lounge area, work-study job opportunities, and offices for Veterans Certified Officials.


EEG Study Findings Reveal How Fear is Processed in the Brain

New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online today in Brain and Cognition illustrates how fear arises in the brain when individuals are exposed to threatening images. This novel study is the first to separate emotion from threat by controlling for the dimension of arousal.

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Cedric Jones, B.A.

Veteran Recruitment Coordinator

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