The Navy SEAL’s Acetylcholine

Last night President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was dead. And this morning we heard that the Navy SEALs and CIA commandos who killed him had shot him in the head, just above his eye, which is to say, the orbitofrontal cortex (orbit refers to the socket holding the eye, frontal means frontal. The orbitofrontal cortex, which plays a key role in emotion regulation and decision making, is thus the “front part of the brain over the eye.”) Which raises a question for all of us marveling at how well this mission resolved itself: how, with all the sound and fury unfolding around them, in an environment they had never been in before – in the dark, in a suburb of Pakistan, against a target doubtless eager to avoid injury, and with the awesome weight on his shoulders of of taking perhaps the most important single shot in American history since 1776 – the Navy SEAL who shot him stayed so focused as to take a perfect shot?