Emotional State and Personality: A Proof of Concept Model for Predicting Performance Under Stress
Technical Report,25 Sep 2017,24 Sep 2018
University of Arizona Tucson United States
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Combat medics must be capable of performing under difficult and highly stressful situations. However, not all individuals are equal in how stressful situations are handled. Some individuals may perform better in highly stressful situations than others, especially when faced with horrific injuries while taking enemy fire. Evidence suggests that performance under stress may be associated with current emotional state and stable personality traits. At present, there are no reliable tools for screening and selecting individuals for combat medic positions. This study aims to fill a critical information gap by developing a valid statistical model based on empirical data that combines emotional state determinants and personality traits to predict cognitive performance under stress. This model will be developed in Phase I using a validated psychosocial stress test, the Trier Social Stress Test, and further validated in Phase II which will include a single night of sleep deprivation and a repeated physical stress. Currently we have collected data from 91 participants as part of Phase I.