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Developing psychophysiological profiles for monitoring stress
Author(s): Roberta L. Moldow; Michael T. Bergen; Kari Belin; Luba Bululu; Olivita Couso; Joselyn McLaughlin; Kenneth R. Short; Richard J. Servatius
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 62190K (26 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665964
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Roberta L. Moldow, Seton Hall Univ. (United States)
New Jersey Medical School (United States)
Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Michael T. Bergen, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Kari Belin, Seton Hall Univ. (United States)
Luba Bululu, Seton Hall Univ. (United States)
Olivita Couso, Seton Hall Univ. (United States)
Joselyn McLaughlin, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
Veteran Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Kenneth R. Short, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
Veteran Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Richard J. Servatius, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
Veteran Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6219:
Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
Glenn T. Shwaery; John G. Blitch; Carlton Land, Editor(s)

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