An Investigation of Possible Correlations Between Individual Pilot Performance and Neurological Functions.
Final rept. 1976-1977,
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether a meaningful correlation exists between some quantifiable element of a pilots neurological activity and his performance at the controls of an aircraft. A new, unique system for quantifying pilot performance was developed using the Singer GAT-1B Link Flight Simulator. A system was also developed for monitoring and recording pilot neurological functions in a cockpit environment. Significant changes in the pilot performance and neurological functions were observed. An apparent trend was observed also relating changes in pilot performance to changes in a pilots pre-flight neurological state. Ground work was laid for further investigation into the possibility of predicting pilot performance based on a comparison of the pilots current neurological state and developing neurologically based criteria for pilot duty cycles. Author
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