SOME EFFECTS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION ON TRACKING PERFORMANCE IN STATIC AND DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTS

The influence of approximately 34 and 55 h of sleep deprivation on performance scores derived from manually tracking the localizer needle on an aircraft instrument was assessed under both static (no motion) and dynamic (whole-body angular acceleration) laboratory conditions. In each of two experiments, 20 young men were equally divided into groups of control and sleep-deprived subjects. All tests were conducted in an enclosed Stille-Werner rotator in total darkness with the exception of the illuminated tracking display. In both experiments, significant decrements in dynamic tracking performance were uniformly obtained after 24 h and more of sleep loss. Static tracking scores were also impaired but less consistently so. In Experiment II, administration of d-amphetamine after 53 h of sleep loss produced a sharp drop in error for both static and dynamic tracking. Although performance at both types of tasks remained poorer for sleep-deprived subjects, their static tracking scores did not differ significantly from control subjects 2 h after drug ingestion.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Flight Standards Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591
  • Authors:
    • Collins, W E
  • Publication Date: 1976-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00147283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-AM-76-12
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1977 12:00AM