Lasers Through the Head

So, last Friday was the second official test. 

Terri and I did the usual baseline test, like the finger tapping, the word association, etc. 

The flight portion of the testing (using the pitch and roll seat) was a little different.  Instead of flying a straight line with varying altitudes and power settings, this time coordinated turns appeared!  Not only that, but I had to watch my power setting also (even though I firewalled the throttle for 2 of the 3 flying portions).  I had to navigate through a series of gates that were not only at different altitudes, but also required a different approach or vector. 

Flying in the sim using the pitch and roll seat is fun, but can get a little…slow.  This is due to the fact that we’re tasked with flying an ultralight.  Nothing wrong with ultralights, but…their…SLOW…

….we’re talking MOLASSES IN WINTER SLOW…


…trust me, slow.

But finally we got some data using fNIRS that hopefully closely relates to actual flying.

After flying for 6hrs in the ultralight (just kidding, the course took only about 5min. with full throttle), Terri set me up with a new attention test.  Last time, I had to watch the computer screen for boxes…annoying…boxes (see previous blog entry).  This time, I had to react to a red circle as it appeared on the screen.  By react I mean I had to press a key on a keyboard as soon as I saw a red circle.  This was a basic reaction time test, though I had to really concentrate on the screen.  I probably averaged half a second, though my best was .28 seconds I think.  This was also a prolonged test, I probably lasted for 15min+, but was not that annoying or challenging as the box test.

Overall this round was great and I’m glad there’s a second set of data that we can put against the set that I and the other test subjects completed a few weeks back.

Signing off from NYC, Happy Thanksgiving!

…now where’s that Hayden Planetarium again..?

One thought on “Lasers Through the Head”

  1. I hope this research finds some measurable answers to fatigue, stress, and attention problems. It’s not just good for pilots, but everyday people as well. This could apply to people with mental disabilities.

    If there were a way to measure such personal stress levels, then there might be more objective ways to treat mental health consumers so their illnesses won’t be so debilitating to them.

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