Measuring Performance Changes in Highly Transient Extreme Heat Stress: Rationale, Problem, and Experimental Procedures
Technical rept. Jul 1961-Jul 1962
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES BIOTECHNOLOGY LAB
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A review of the existing state of the art for handling human performance under transient heat stress is presented. It was concluded that it would be necessary to develop a new methodology based on micro-performance measurements to assess severe localized transient heat stresses as relevant to contemporary flight problems. The test procedure proposed is based on the rationale that a primary task with difficulty that can be varied according to subject error in order to maintain a relatively constant subject performance level can be used as a measure of the moment-to-moment perceptual load. In addition to the primary task, secondary tasks have been suggested to help simulate problems in decision-making and verbal communication.
- Stress Physiology