Research at Idaho State seeks to understand Veterans, particularly, how the react after they return home. Specifically, the goal, according to this researcher, is to comprehend more clearly, “The association between dysfunction in the orbital frontal cortex; that’s the brain area that’s right here: behind the eyes. That has been found to be associated with PTSD.”
Brittany Bowman, Doctoral candidate at Idaho State University is conducting research on Military Veterans from recent, post-Vietnam conflicts, by testing their sense of smell.
“The smell test is a series of sixteen pens that you hold underneath your nose and you smell and so it’s pretty simple, and they’re also filling out a series of questionnaires on a computer so it’s pretty simple to administer, but it has some pretty neat implications,” Bowman said.
The research is being conducted in Garrison Hall, in the Psychology building at Idaho State University. The process of this research takes about 90 minutes and Brittany hopes that this research will help veterans and future military members. She noted that there may be a college dropout rate of has high as 80% for Veterans attending college after their service has ended.
“You know with the GI bill and stuff there are a lot that go, they are deployed, they are in the military and go to college afterwards and so this can really help with that transition and help increase the chances of success,” Bowman said.