Testing Psychomotor Performance During Sustained Acceleration
Final rept. 1 Mar 1971-28 Feb 1973
TECHNOLOGY INC SAN ANTONIO TX LIFE SCIENCES DIV
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Recommendations, developed for the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine SAM, concern a human psychomotor performance task which could be used to monitor, on a moment-to-moment basis, an operators ability to perform satisfactorily during sustained acceleration stress. First, a survey was made of the literature on performance testing during G-stress, andor on the relationship between physiologic and behavioral changes during acceleration. Next, an experimental program was planned and carried out, in which candidate tasks were evaluated under conditions of hypoxia and alcohol intoxication. Final recommendations were then made for a running memory task to measure a decrement in cognitive skills and an automated testing system, for installation on the SAM centrifuge, suitable not only for the recommended test but also for many other diversified tasks.
- Stress Physiology