Development of Quantitative Specifications for Simulating the Stress Environment
Final rept. Jul 1989-May 1991
ARMSTRONG LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This report is a culmination of work originally started in 1988. The combat maintenance environment is an environment that, to date, has not yet been clearly defined but is extremely important to our success in future combat. These maintenance personnel, although highly trained and skilled technicians, receive little preparation for the extreme stresses of the combat environment. To determine the parameters of that environment, the literature has offered few solutions. However, by utilizing a meta-analytic technique to identity the stress factors that restrict or limit effective performance, we can develop specifications for simulating the stress environment. This report identifies specific ranges to induce stress in the areas of noise, time, pressure, group pressure, threat, uncontrollability, fatigue, dual tasks, and heat and cold. In addition, further research avenues are recommended. Combat reaction, Psychological stress, Maintenance, Stress, Meta-analysis.
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