Effect of task complexity on mental performance during immersion hypothermia.

  title={Effect of task complexity on mental performance during immersion hypothermia.},
  author={Gordon Giesbrecht and John L Arnett and Elena Vela and G. Bristow},
  journal={Aviation, space, and environmental medicine},
  volume={64 3 Pt 1},
The effect of task complexity on the decrement in mental performance during immersion hypothermia was studied. Psychometric tests of varying length and complexity were administered: 1) prior to cold water immersion (baseline); 2) soon after immersion to the neck in cold (8 degrees C) water but prior to any decrease in core temperature; and 3) after 55 to 80 min of immersion when core temperature had decreased 2-4 degrees C. Results indicated that tests placing relatively minimal cognitive… CONTINUE READING

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