The findings have implications for people who are commonly exposed to serious levels of trauma, such as firefighters or combat
personnel, Lyoo and his group suggested. For example, if there were some way to bolster the function of the dorsolateral prefrontal
cortex of such individuals before they were exposed to trauma, it might help them better cope with traumatic events. "In our
lab, we have been designing experimental ways that are likely to enhance the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex function for the
expected trauma exposure," Lyoo told Psychiatric News. "This includes the use of preemptive interventions such as transcranial magnetic stimulation before and early after trauma."