February 9, 2009, Updated September 24, 2012

New stress test helps fighter pilots in trainingA new method of assessing stress in fighter pilots during training session has been developed at the Human Engineering Laboratory at the Ariel University Center of Samaria. Current flight simulators only test for one parameter: execution, meaning quality of flight and navigation and ability to carry out military operations. The new system also tests for another important parameter: the emotional effort and level of stress required to carry out operations. Using sensors, the system monitors physiological changes, measuring the pilot’s grip on the joystick, hand muscle action and sweat from the palms. The results are intended to improve pilot performance by teaching them to identify and deal with stressful situations. Developer Dr. Michael Wagner says the invention can also be used in training drivers, surgeons, UAV operators and others.

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