Quantifying the Physiological Stress Response to Simulated Maritime Pilotage Tasks: The Influence of Task Complexity and Pilot Experience

A high-fidelity maritime bridge simulator was used to examine the impact on stress levels of performing maritime pilotage tasks. The heart rate and salivary cortisol levels in thirteen maritime pilots and eight trainees were monitored before, during, and after the tasks. Tasks included navigating a vessel into a port and berthing it at a designated location. It was hypothesized that trainees would experience a greater stress level than experienced pilots. It was found that irrespective of task difficulty, all participants had increases in heart rate and cortisol. Trainees did have greater elevations in heart rate, but did not have increased cortisol levels as compared to the other pilot group.


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  • Accession Number: 01677561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:56PM