Human-autonomous systems have the potential to mitigate pilot cognitive impairment and improve aviation safety.A research team at NASA Langley conducted an experiment to study the impact of mild normobaric hypoxia induction on aircraft pilot performance and psychophysiological state. A within-subjects design involved non-hypoxic and hypoxic exposures while performing three 10-minute tasks.Results indicated the effect of 15,000 feet simulated altitude did not induce significant performance decrementbut did produce increasein perceived workload. Analyses of psychophysiological responses evince the potential of biomarkers for hypoxia onset. This study represents on-going work at NASA intending to add to the current knowledge of psychophysiologically-based input to automation to increase aviation safety.
Last, M. C.,
& Schutte, P.
(2017). Effects on Task Performance and Psychophysiological Measures of Performance During Normobaric Hypoxia Exposure. 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 202-207.