Accession Number:

ADA195265

Title:

Electric and Magnetic Activity of the Central Nervous System: Research and Clinical Applications in Aerospace Medicine. Held in Trondheim, Norway on 25-29 May 1987

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

400.0

Abstract:

The cockpit of each new generation of fighter aircraft is becoming more and more cluttered, and the workload imposed on the aircrew more and more formidable. Heavy loads of information from the different aircraft sensors must be assimilated and managed in a timely and efficient manner. Severe physiological stresses are imposed by the environment of rapid onset, high sustained-G-accelerations in which the aircraft operate. Such heavy demands may well limit the ability of aircrew to perform their required tasks. As a result, there is a compelling need to obtain more objective measures of the effects of such factors as workload, fatigue, physiological stress, drugs and diseases on operator effectiveness in the high stress environment of the future cockpit, if performance is to be meaningfully assessed. A variety of new or upgraded techniques for studying the function of the central nervous system CNS is now available they may allow the objective assessment of aircrew in terms of selection, performance, training and medical care. Many of these techniques rely on extracting and interpreting the electrical potentials and magnetic fields that can be recorded from the brain with scalp sensors. The purpose of this Symposium was to examine the value of these CNS measures in understanding human performance in individuals exposed to the variety of stresses that are associated with the aerospace environment. Keywords Computer-aided dynamic brain imaging Electroencephalogram EEG Event-related potentials ERPs Cognition, Workload Fatigue.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE