Comparative Effects of Antihistamines on Aircrew Mission Effectiveness under Sustained Operations
Final rept. Jul 1989-Jul 1991
SYSTEMS RESEARCH LABS INC DAYTON OH
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Seldane terfenadine and Benadryl diphenhydramine were tested against a placebo in six Command, Control, and Communications C3 simulations involving a team of three AWACS weapons directors. Three of the simulations were high difficulty, three were low. An eclectic, hierarchical performance measurement system was developed to address several research questions. The results of these variables on mission effectiveness, the highest level of the performance hierarchy, are addressed in this report from the point of view of a mission commander. High difficulty scenarios degraded performance compared to low difficulty scenarios, but antihistamine treatments had no statistical effects on the team performance measures. Trends in the data and subjective ratings of a subject matter expert, however, indicated that the Benadryl groups were poorer performers. Some learning was evident across the three days of testing. Future data analyses are discussed.
- Military Aircraft Operations