Thu, Aug 30, 2007
A New Way To Test The (Mental) Fitness Of Astronauts
Today, ANN's Paul Plack talks with David F. Dinges, Ph.D., team
leader of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s
Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team. Dr. Dinges has
developed something called the "Psychomotor Vigilance Test," to
determine the physiological and mental fitness of astronauts for
critical tasks. The test may also have civilian applications, some
of them controversial.
This feature is in addition to our daily news briefing --
available in either a quick "Touch And Go" format, or an expanded
Aero-Briefing -- where you'll hear these stories:
Some older Bombardier regional jets get new operating
restrictions in the US and Canada...
NASA says the drunk-astronaut rumors are bogus...
And Lisa Nowak may plead insanity.
ANN Daily Touch N Go:
08.30.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:
08.30.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- The Psychomotor
Vigilance Test: 08.30.07 (ANN Special Feature,
with David F. Dinges, Ph.D., team leader of the National Space
Biomedical Research Institute’s Neurobehavioral and
Psychosocial Factors Team.)
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