Accession Number : AD0480977

Title :   THE EFFECTS OF DRUGS ON HUMAN PERFORMANCE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANALYTICAL METHODS AND TESTS OF BASIC HUMAN ABILITIES.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. no. 2, Jul 64-Jul 66,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD

Personal Author(s) : Baker, William J. ; Elkin, Edwin H. ; Van Cott, Harold P. ; Fleishman, Edwin A.

Report Date : 31 MAR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 150

Abstract : This report describes further development in a series of studies being conducted to assess the effects of drugs on human performance. It covers the development of detailed statistical methods for the analysis of data gathered in two studies covering tests of 17 different basic abilities. In both studies, experimental subjects were given a 12 micrograms/kg IM injection of scopolamine, and performance following injection was compared with that of control subjects. Critical attention was given to the adequacy of the data obtained from each test and a series of recommendations for test improvements was given. An analysis of subject-by-treatment interactions in experimental group data led to recommendations to identify the factors which produce them in terms of stimulus or organismic parameters, and to develop means of controlling for them. Further recommendations were made regarding the study of intecorrelations among subjects and among tests to attempt to identify types of subjects and possible redundancy among tests in the batteries being used. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), (*SCOPOLAMINE, (*TRANQUILIZERS, SCOPOLAMINE), TOLERANCES(PHYSIOLOGY), INJECTIONS(MEDICINE), VISUAL ACUITY, HANDS, NEUROMUSCULAR TRANSMISSION, REFLEXES, PSYCHOMOTOR TESTS, PERCEPTION, EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), MILITARY PERSONNEL, STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), EXTREMITIES, TABLES(DATA).

Subject Categories : Pharmacology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE