Application of Heart Rate Measurements to Maritime Research Simulator.
NATIONAL MARITIME RESEARCH CENTER KINGS POINT NY COMPUTER AIDED OPERATIONS RESEARCH FACILITY
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An experiment was performed on the Ship Simulator of the Computer Aided Operations Research Facility CAORF to determine the feasibility of relating the instantaneous heart rates of test subjects with the nature of their on-bridge activity at the time of measurement. It was found that experienced mariners confronted with potential collision situations on the simulator or with difficult maneuvering problems in restricted waters generally experienced elevated heart rates indicative of increased cognitive and emotional arousal. It was also found that variability of heart rate appears to be useful in differentiatng workload demands imposed on the mariner by different navigation conditions. The fact that physiological reactions were observed to occur on the simulator in situations which would be expected to be emotionally arousing indicates, first, that the simulator is recreating, to a degree, the real-world atmosphere, and second, that heart rate measurements can be usefully applied in future research to detect emotional and or cognitive levels of arousal. Keywords Sinus arrythmia Stree measurement.
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