26 May 2006 Developing psychophysiological profiles for monitoring stress
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Training prepares first responders for disasters including terrorist attacks. To train effectively it should be as realistic as possible and elicit the stress response. We are developing a profile that will be a marker for intensity of stress as well as differentiate stress from exertion. We have monitored stress during several training scenarios for different groups including civilian SWAT teams and the military. In addition, we can monitor stress to exposure to nonlethal weapons. We have monitored stress during exposure to blunt impact using a paintball paradigm. We have measured salivary substances (such as cortisol and DHEA [markers for the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis]) and amylase [marker for the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system], physiological parameters (such as activity and heart rate), and neuropsychological assessment tools (such as Borg's perceived exertion scale, Spielberger's STAI and Thayer's ADC). With these neuroendocrine, physiological and behavioral indices in hand, we are poised to examine stress induction in preparedness in trainees.
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Roberta L. Moldow, Roberta L. Moldow, Michael T. Bergen, Michael T. Bergen, Kari Belin, Kari Belin, Luba Bululu, Luba Bululu, Olivita Couso, Olivita Couso, Joselyn McLaughlin, Joselyn McLaughlin, Kenneth R. Short, Kenneth R. Short, Richard J. Servatius, Richard J. Servatius, "Developing psychophysiological profiles for monitoring stress", Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 62190K (26 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665964; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.665964


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