THE EFFECTS OF INERT GAS NARCOSIS ON CERTAIN ASPECTS OF SERIAL RESPONSE TIME

Authors
  1. Fowler, B.
  2. Granger, S.
  3. Ackles, K.N.
  4. and others
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);York Univ, Downsview ONT (CAN) Dept of Physical Education
Abstract
Inert gas narcosis was induced in experiment 1 with compressed air using a hyperbaric chamber at 10 ata and in experiment 2 with 35% N2O-65% O2 and studied using a serial choice response time task. Both breathing mixtures degraded performance in an identical manner. There was a slowing of response latency with the frequency distribution of responses being shifted to the right. There was also increased positive skewing and variability of this distribution but no indication of extra-long "blocking" responses. Number of errors increased and the latency pattern around an error did not change shape but showed an overall slowing. In addition, the effect of N2O on response latency was studied at two levels of stimulus brightness and an additive not an interactive relationship was found. TRUNCATED
Report Number
83-P-05 — Research Paper
Date of publication
01 Jan 1983
Number of Pages
14
Reprinted from
Ergonomics, vol 26, no 12, 1983, p 1125-1138
DSTKIM No
84-02134
CANDIS No
121524
Format(s):
Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Hardcopy

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