About Me

Thanks for visiting Tactical Neuroscience!  I'm Justin Smith, the face behind the brand.  
Alaska born-and-raised, turned Idahoan by way of Bozeman, MT (Montana State), Vaxjo, Sweden (Linnaeus University), and South Dakota (USD). I have always been interested in decision making under stressful conditions. Growing up in Alaska, I was presented with many opportunities for outdoor adventures where in a split second, making the correct decision could have dramatic consequences.  A combination of my interests in human behavior and leading an outdoor lifestyle, lead me from Alaska to Montana to study experimental psychology.  Next, I moved to Sweden upon being accepted to graduate school at the Institute of Social Sciences at Linnaeus University.  For my master’s thesis I chose to investigate the role of cognitive biases and overconfidence in the field of medical decision making.  It was during my master’s work that I became interested of the inner workings of specific brain regions and the decision making process.  This interest led me to The University of South Dakota to complete my Ph.D. in Neuroscience.  I was able to research specific pathways and molecular processes that influence decision making and stress.