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Quantifying the physiological stress response to simulated maritime pilotage tasks: the influence of task complexity and pilot experience

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posted on 01.11.2017, 00:00 authored by Luana MainLuana Main, A Wolkow, Tim ChambersTim Chambers
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify the stress associated with performing maritime pilotage tasks in a high-fidelity simulator. METHODS: Eight trainee and 13 maritime pilots completed two simulated pilotage tasks of varying complexity. Salivary cortisol samples were collected pre- and post-simulation for both trials. Heart rate was measured continuously throughout the study. RESULTS: Significant changes in salivary cortisol (P = 0.000, η = 0.139), average (P = 0.006, η = 0.087), and peak heart rate (P = 0.013, η = 0.077) from pre- to postsimulation were found. Varying task complexity did partially influence stress response; average (P = 0.016, η = 0.026) and peak heart rate (P = 0.034, η = 0.020) were higher in the experimental condition. Trainees also recorded higher average (P = 0.000, η = 0.054) and peak heart rates (P = 0.027, η = 0.022). CONCLUSION: Performing simulated pilotage tasks evoked a measurable stress response in both trainee and expert maritime pilots.

History

Journal

Journal of occupational and environmental medicine

Volume

59

Issue

11

Pagination

1078 - 1083

Publisher

Wolters Kluwer

Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

eISSN

1536-5948

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, The Authors