Effects of 2 and 4 MG Atropine Sulfate on Vestibular, Cognitive Performance, and Other Responses.
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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The Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory NAMRL in conjunction with other DoD laboratories initiated a research program designed to develop standardized tests for accessing and predicting decrements in military performance resulting from the use of chemical defense antidote and pretreatment drugs. This paper focuses only on those elements of the test battery that deal with the measurements of 1 sensory response to motion, balance, and spatial orientation, 2 the ability to coordinate head and eye motions during the large gaze shifts, 3 cognitive information processing capabilities, and 4 selected other general tests. It also presents the overall scheduling and test sequence for the entire test battery as applied to the initial four groups of subjects. For the tests described in this report, the only performance decrements due to atropine focused on motor movement functions and a possible effect on central vestibular function.
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