BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS IN AEROSPACE MEDICINE
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE
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The 24th Meeting of the AGARD Aerospace Medical Panel, which was held from 25th to 27th October, 1967, dealt essentially with behavioural problems of aerospace medicine, with particular reference to such aspects as diurnal rhythms, sleep and alertness. Recent medical problems of space and of air warfare were also considered. It was particularly in the section on human factors in air weapons systems that the subject of sleep and wakefulness, based on a twenty-four hour cycle, was considered in relation to mans performance. Emphasis was placed on the practical aspect of these circadian problems, particularly in relation to associated changes in reaction time and mental performance, and in relation to civil and military flying. The quality of sleep, and the biochemistry underlying the choice of sleep-inducing drugs, formed part of this programme of communications. Other subjects, such as quantifying biological effects of cosmic radiation, and the ability to walk in a lunar environment, as tested by the Langley sub-gravity simulator, formed part of the section dealing with current problems of space, while the communications in the remainder of the meeting drew attention to a variety of other topics, many of which were orientated towards a specialist audience.