Accession Number : ADA568629


Title :   Impact of Positive Emotions Enhancement on Physiological Processes and Psychological Functioning in Military Pilots


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : CERPAIR BRETIGNY SUR ORGE (FRANCE)


Personal Author(s) : Saint-Aubin, Kerstin F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a568629.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 18


Abstract : Despite of military's captivation with high technologies systems, human performance remains the keystone of successful military operations. Cognitive enhancing-drugs strategies has been developed to improve the normal span of human abilities for completing mission essential tasks. A combination of certain attitudes and behaviours constituting a more natural approach based on physical training, sleep rest strategies, or dietary and nutritional strategies has also been proposed. Research exploring the impact of emotions' regulation on physiological processes and cognitive functioning are relatively scarce as studies has primarily focused on improving health and well-being by reducing negative emotions. The capacity to self-generate positive emotional states, however, can be developed and refined through the use of practical tools and techniques enhancing quickly shift to a physiologically quiet state by increasing parasympathetic flexibility, which is known to reflect an adaptive response to environment. The French Army has developed a practical tool using different techniques in order to improve regulation of emotions before, during and after actions. This psychological training is called Technique d'Optimisation des Performances (TOP). The Institute of HeartMath has also developed techniques for enhancing heart/brain synchronization (Heart Coherence; Cardiac Coherence (CC)), leading to a state of autonomic nervous system balance function that is correlated with improved cognitive function and health-related outcomes. The aim of this study is to evaluate the benefits of the use of these two practical tools for military pilots on conducting operational activities. Methods: Three groups of 10 middle-aged pilots were recruited from three different escadrilles to participate in the study. They were assigned by the head-quarters for a 2-month mission in Afghanistan in the following months.


Descriptors :   *EMOTIONS , FRANCE , HEART RATE , MILITARY PERSONNEL , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS , PILOTS , STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY)


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE