Recovery from Gz-induced Loss of Consciousness: Psychophysiologic Considerations
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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Eight healthy male volunteer members of the USAFSAM acceleration panel were exposed to two consecutive acceleration runs of 1 Gz to 7 Gz at 6 Gs onset rates. The subjects were instructed to relax during the acceleration exposure in order to voluntarily induce loss of consciousness LOC. The subjects were asked to relate dreams, thoughts, or other mental illusions experienced during G-LOC episodes. Most subjects were amused and surprised, as well as interested in, relating their experience, although they were embarrassed about the G-LOC episode itself. Early post-G-LOC transient paralysis, as well as late LOC myoclonic flailing movements, were evident. Heart-rate response to the acceleratory stress was uneventful maximum heart rate occurred 3.2 s after the onset of LOC. The study of dreams during normal sleep stages has been reviewed by many investigators, but this research has not extended to accelerationhypoxic types of unconsciousness where dreams also seem to occur. G-LOC dream-state analysis, post-G-LOC paralysis, and their possible repercussions upon performance and incapacitation periods should be investigated, not only as curious events, but as operationally important and psychophysiologically significant. Keywords Blackoutphysiology, Reprints.
- Stress Physiology