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The effects of water immersion on performance proficiency


, : The effects of water immersion on performance proficiency. U S Naval Air Developm Center Med Acceleration Lab [rept] Nadc-Ma-6133: 1-30

In an attempt to study a wide range of human performance abilities associated with weightlessness and the transition from weightlessness to a high G reentry environment, the technique of water immersion and centrifugation was used to simulate these conditions. Six male subjects were immersed in water to the neck level for a 12-hour period and one subject for a 23-hour period. Eight selected performance tasks were administered: (1) before immersion, (2) during immersion, (3) after immersion and centrifugation so that gross motor and perceptual behavior could be sampled. It was found that behavior was not apparently affected by prolonged water immersion followed by reentry type accelerations.

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