This Is Your Brain On War

Task & Purpose just posted an interesting piece on the psychology of combat. They teamed up with former West Point psychology professor and author Lt. Col. Dave Grossman to produce a visual guide to what happens to the mind and body before, during and after combat. Grossman is one of the experts who endorsed the realism of my novel Patriarch Run.

Patriarch Run accomplishes something few thrillers have achieved: it gets the guns right, and it gets the psychology of the gunfight right. Benjamin Dancer writes the gunfight scenes with a realism seldom seen in fiction.” - LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN, author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society and On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

Matt Battaglia created a series of animated graphics for the piece to illustrate what happens to a person’s brain in combat. You can read the whole article here:

Benjamin Dancer

Benjamin is the author of the literary thriller Patriarch Run, the first book in a series that will include Fidelityand The Story of the Boy. He also writes about parenting, education, sustainability and national security.

Benjamin works as an Advisor at a Colorado high school where he has made a career out of mentoring young people as they come of age. His work with adolescents has informed his stories, which are typically themed around fatherhood and coming-of-age.

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