Accession Number : AD0634406

Title :   RESPONSES TO CORIOLIS STIMULATION IN FLYING PERSONNEL WITH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF PROFICIENCY.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Jun-Nov 65,

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : MOORE, Edwin W.

Report Date : APR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The Coriolis test, as part of physical evaluations, was administered to candidates for the Gemini program, candidates for the USAF Research Test Pilot School, a representative cross section of Air Force pilots, and a group of nonflyers. The rates of decay of vertical nystagmic responses for the four groups were compared. A significantly different rate of decay was demonstrated between the groups. A greater amount of flying experinece of the space pilot and test pilot groups resulted in a greater degree of habituation than shown by the representative cross section of Air Force pilots. All three groups of pilots demonstrated a significantly greater degree of habituation than the nonflyer group. The possible reasons for the significant differences found are discussed in terms of the stimuli presented and the habituation derived from flying experince. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PILOTS, ADAPTATION(PHYSIOLOGY)), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), AVIATION MEDICINE, NYSTAGMUS, TRAINING, VESTIBULAR APPARATUS, CORIOLIS EFFECT, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), ASTRONAUTS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE