Psychosocial Risk Factors for Upper Respiratory Infections: Effects of Upper Respiratory Illness on Academic Performance in U.S. Navy Basic Training
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Significant effects of upper respiratory illness on academic performance in U.S. Navy basic training were demonstrated. These effects were half as large as the effects of general intellectual ability, as measured by the AFQT, on performance. Combined with prior evidence from laboratory studies, the findings provide a strong basis for inferring that naturally-occurring upper respiratory infections significantly impair cognitive performance and learning. These disease effects should be considered in models to predict performance. Keywords Performance, Illness, Navy men, Basic training, Anatomy, Medical research, Upper respiratory infections, URI, GSR.
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