EFFECTS OF MODAFINIL AND AMPHETAMINE ON TRACKING PERFORMANCE DURING SLEEP DEPRIVATION

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Authors
  1. Taylor, M.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The study was part of a comprehensive study of the effects of the drug modafinil on various aspects of human performance during sleep deprivation (Pigeau et al., In Press). In military operations, the behaviour of various elements and aspects of a situation often must be tracked continuously, perhaps by sleep-deprived personnel. The study reported here simplifies the problem of tracking a complex evolving situation down to its minimum, a single item that is affected by influences outside the control of the observer. In each of six tracking tasks, the subject was required to maintain the relation between an on-screen cursor and a marker during a period of 50 sec. In any one task, either the cursor position or the marker position was affected by a disturbance generated from a number sequence previously computed. The subject could use the mouse either to compensate for a disturbance added to the cursor, or to cause the cursor to follow the movements of a marker that was affected by the disturbance. According to the experimental design, twelve subjects were to be given modafinil three times during the sleep deprivation period, twelve were to be given amphetamine, which is believed to counter the effects of sleep deprivation, and twelve were to be given a placebo. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Modafinil;Sustained operations;Stimulants
Report Number
DCIEM-95-P-43 — Paper from the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the IMTA
Date of publication
01 Oct 1995
Number of Pages
8
DSTKIM No
98-00040
CANDIS No
506694
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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