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Ambulatory monitoring of physiology and behavior utilizing the PDA platform
Author(s): Michael T. Bergen; Priyanka P. Shah; Robert M. DeMarco; Florence B. Chua; Gladstone Reid; Roberta L. Moldow; Richard J. Servatius
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Paper Abstract

Training prepares civilian first responders and military personnel to handle the many aspects of their mission to the best of their capability. For training to be the most effective, it should be as realistic as possible and elicit the stress response. Stress, however, is not measurable by a simple variable or recording. A stress response measurement requires the collection of physiological, behavioral, neuropsychological, and self report variables simultaneously. These are most valid when recorded or documented in real-time to the stress itself. To facilitate the recording of a stress profile, a handheld computer platform (HP-IPAQ) was developed. The HP-IPAQ with the PocketPC operating system running LabVIEW software offers the best flexibility for the interfacing of sensors and physiological amplifiers. The interactive human interface allows for the collection of self-report and other neuropsychological assessments. To test system designs, civilian and military trainees participated in various scenarios. Our system for simultaneous data collection of physiological and behavioral variables shows promise for field applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 62190N (26 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665992
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Michael T. Bergen, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Priyanka P. Shah, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Robert M. DeMarco, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Florence B. Chua, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Gladstone Reid, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Roberta L. Moldow, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Seton Hall Univ. (United States)
Richard J. Servatius, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
New Jersey Medical School (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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