Studies have shown that elevated levels of stress can have a significant impacton an individual’s cognitive processes. This study evaluated the effectsof stress on the perceived flight performance of collegiate aviators. ThePerceived Stress Scale (PSS) was used to group the participants into one ofthree stress groups (low, medium, or high). The study participants’levels of perceived flight performance were also measured using a survey. Theresults of the study indicated that the low stress group and the medium stressgroup had perceived flight performance scores that were significantly higherthan those of the high stress group. Additionally, a strong negative correlationwas found between the participants’ stress levels and their perceivedperformance levels.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Mar 14, 2014