Accession Number : AD0743423

Title :   Effects of Alcohol on a Problem Solving Task,

Corporate Author : CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA

Personal Author(s) : Chiles,W. Dean ; Jennings,Alan E.

Report Date : MAR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Twenty subjects were tested on two separate days on a simple problem-solving task. Half of the subjects received alcohol on the first day of testing and half on the second day of testing. A control group of 11 subjects was also tested on two days and they were given a placebo on the first day of testing. All 31 subjects were also serving in a vestibular stimulation experiment. A significant effect was found for alcohol with five of the eleven measures analyzed; four of the measures were time measures and one was an error measure. Analysis of the simple effects indicated that alcohol had a greater effect on the group that had alcohol on the first session than on the group that had alcohol second. There was also suggestive evidence of a residual effect of the vestibular stimulation on the problem-solving performance of the control group. In general, the findings provide supportive evidence of the potential deleterious effects of alcohol on a skill of importance to aviation operations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ALCOHOLS, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), (*AVIATION MEDICINE, ALCOHOLS), MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), ATTENTION, PERCEPTION, VESTIBULAR APPARATUS, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, MOTOR REACTIONS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE