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17 February 2009

The science that explains why elite military forces bounce back faster than the rest of us.

By Ben Sherwood | NEWSWEEK
Published Feb 14, 2009 | Updated: 2:38  p.m. ET Feb 14, 2009
From the magazine issue dated Feb 23, 2009

In a laboratory, it's extremely difficult to study why some people are better at bouncing back than others because it's so hard to simulate the real stresses and strains of life. Scientists can show people scary pictures or movies to trigger their reactions and measure how they recover, but it's hardly the same as a mugger in an alley or a grizzly bear on a hiking trail. Dr. Andy Morgan of Yale Medical School set out to find a real-world laboratory where he could watch people under incredible stress in reasonably controlled conditions.

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