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Can efficiency and prefrontal activity during a working memory task predict pilots’ flight performance

Causse, Mickaël and Chua, Zarrin and Matton, Nadine Can efficiency and prefrontal activity during a working memory task predict pilots’ flight performance. (2018) In: The 33rd conference European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP33), 24 September 2018 - 28 September 2018 (Dubrovnik, Croatia).

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For 18 ab initio airline pilots, we assessed the possibility of predicting the flight performance with the efficiency and the prefrontal activity measured during a working memory task. Behavioral results revealed that a better control of the aircraft altitude in a flight simulator was correlated with better strategy during a spatial working memory (SWM) task. In addition, neuroimaging results suggested that participants that engaged more neural resources in the SWM task were more likely to accurately control their aircraft. Taken together, our results emphasized that working memory and the underlying neural circuitries are important for piloting. Ultimately, SWM may be included in pilot selection tests as it seems to be a good predictor of flight performance.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile - ENAC (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - EPHE (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Mickael Causse
Deposited On:20 Feb 2019 10:29

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