Accession Number:

ADA184980

Title:

The Effects of Wearing the Chemical Protective Mask and Gloves on Cognitive Problem Solving

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The present study investigated the effects of wearing various combinations of the chemical protective mask and gloves on the speed and accuracy of solving cognitive problems. All testing was conducted at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The results show that wearing the chemical protective mask and gloves or wearing the chemical protective gloves only, significantly degraded the rate i.e., speed of completing cognitive problems when compared to the bare handedbare headed control. Wearing both the mask and gloves degraded the rate of task completion by 10 while wearing the gloves only resulted in a degradation rate of 8 compared to to the bare handedbare headed control. the accuracy of the cognitive problems completed was not significantly influenced by wearing any of the combinations of the mask and gloves. The decrement in performance is likely due to an impairment in manual dexterity and not in cognitive processing.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE