Taylor, 1995: Effects of modafinil and amphetamine on tracking performance during sleep deprivation

[From MK (2016.05.11.2030 CET)]

Richard Pfau (2016.05.09 13:55)--

And wouldn't it be productive if some scholars investigated and reported on
these influences as they relate to PCT?

Something akin to this? :slight_smile: Drugs, fatigue & PCT:


Taylor, MM, 1995: Effects of modafinil and amphetamine on tracking
performance during sleep deprivation
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PDF: http://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/zbb55/p506694.pdf

Author(s): Taylor, M.M.
Corporate author(s): Defence and Civil Inst of
Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Report Number: DCIEM-95-P-43;
Paper from the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the IMTA
Date of publication: 01 Oct 1995
Number of Pages: 8
DSTKIM No: 98-00040
CANDIS No: 506694

Abstract: The study was part of a comprehensive study of the effects of the
drug modafinil on various aspects of human performance during sleep
deprivation (Pigeau et al., In Press). In military operations, the behaviour
of various elements and aspects of a situation often must be tracked
continuously, perhaps by sleep-deprived personnel. The study reported here
simplifies the problem of tracking a complex evolving situation down to its
minimum, a single item that is affected by influences outside the control of
the observer. In each of six tracking tasks, the subject was required to
maintain the relation between an on-screen cursor and a marker during a period
of 50 sec. In any one task, either the cursor position or the marker position
was affected by a disturbance generated from a number sequence previously
computed. The subject could use the mouse either to compensate for a
disturbance added to the cursor, or to cause the cursor to follow the
movements of a marker that was affected by the disturbance. According to the
experimental design, twelve subjects were to be given modafinil three times
during the sleep deprivation period, twelve were to be given amphetamine,
which is believed to counter the effects of sleep deprivation, and twelve were
to be given a placebo. TRUNCATED