Analysis of the Startle Response to Flashbang Grenades
Technical Report,01 Jan 2018,01 Feb 2018
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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The surprise or startle element associated with flashbang grenades that may trigger varying degrees of psychological and physiological distress that could have implications for the design of effective flashbang grenades. The startle response is the fastest known generalized motor reaction of humans and animals to unexpected or surprising stimuli. IDA was tasked with examining the neural, physiological and psychological components of the startle response associated with flashbang grenades to fully understand the processes driving human responses to flashbangs. This report provides a detailed review and analysis of the startle response in humans and its implications for the design of flashbang grenades.
- Stress Physiology