Accession Number : ADA299105

Title :   Sustaining Female UH-60 Helicopter Pilot Performance with Dexedrine During Sustained Operations: A Simulator Study.

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Corporate Author : ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Personal Author(s) : Caldwell, John ; Crowley, John ; Caldwell, Lynn ; Jones, Heber ; Darling, Stephen

PDF Url : ADA299105

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : The efficacy of Dexedrine for sustaining the performance of six female UH-60 pilots under conditions of moderate sleep deprivation was determined. Each subject was exposed to one week of testing which included 2, 40-hour sleep deprivation periods. During both deprivation periods, there were 5 equally-spaced test sessions, each of which included a UH-60 simulator flight, an electroencephalographic (EEG) evaluation, a test on the Microsoft Flight Simulator, a Profile of Mood States questionnaire, and a cognitive evaluation on the Synthetic Work Battery. These testing sessions began at 0100, 0500, 0900, 1300, and 1700. During one of the deprivation periods, subjects were administered a 10-mg dose of Dexedrine one hour prior to each of the first three sessions (for a total of 30 mgs). During the other deprivation period, subjects were administered placebos. A double-blind administration scheme was used. Vital signs were monitored at regular intervals throughout the study.

Descriptors :   *STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), *PILOTS, *SLEEP DEPRIVATION, *FLIGHT MANEUVERS, *ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY, TEST AND EVALUATION, SIMULATORS, COGNITION, HELICOPTERS, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, PLACEBOS, DEPRIVATION.

Subject Categories : Pharmacology
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE