Behavioral Effects of Infectious Diseases.
Annual progress rept. no. 7, 1 Mar 70-30 Jun 71,
LOUISVILLE UNIV KY PERFORMANCE RESEARCH LAB
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The major area of this research is the experimental study of the effects of illness on sustained performance--performance measured with the use of a multiple-task performance battery MTPB in a synthetic rather than simulated work situation. The results of these experiments have indicated that the average decrement in performance efficiency during illness will be on the order of 27 to 34 with a severe febrile disease such as respiratory Pasteurella tularensis, or 18 to 25 with the less-serious, self-limiting Phlebotomus Pappataci or Sandfly fever. On the other hand, the typical decrement associated with Phlebotomus fever appears to be forestalled with use of symptomatic treatment field-available dosages of aspirin and Darvon. The data of an additional uninfected, but treated control group were collected in May 1971, and are currently being analyzed. This research thus provides a basis for the behavioral assessment of the incapacitating effects of infectious diseases, and the enhancement of performance associated with symptomatic treatment of a viral infection. Author
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