Psychological Effects of Soldier Acute High Altitude Exposure: Study Progress Report,
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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Professional consultation contacts with training programs, committees and services of MEDCENs often result in Clinical Psychologists being invited to contribute expertise in research design formulation and review. These occasions may also involve ethical consideration input, as well as a potential for relevant clinical study ... an opportunity with mixed blessings. This report of study progress discusses the tributes, tribulations and thrills of a clinicians one such collaborative research effort. Formal and informal consultations eventuated into a manadatory requirement for in vivo psychological factors exploration of soldiers rapidly exposed to a terrain altitude environment of 13,784 feet above sea level. Rationale for selection of instrumentation is noted which allowed assessment of performance and personality variations both on cognitive, visuopractic and strength tasks and on objective and projective personality procedures, not unduly burdensome for field study. An attempt is being made to relate psychological function variability to physiological alterations during an hypoxic condition.