By Carrie H. Kennedy
Aeromedical psychology is that department of psychology touching on the evaluate, choice and review of aviation team of workers. This publication, Aeromedical Psychology, is designed to supply the potential for various clinicians to hold out sound evaluate and choice techniques, practice trained reviews and make next options concerning flight prestige and therapy ideas geared to the aviation setting. To facilitate a dynamic knowing of the sector, the publication emphasizes an integration of purposes and idea, case examples and examine. The publication is split into 3 components. the 1st provides overview and choice tactics for aviation team of workers (i.e. air site visitors controllers, flight officials and pilots) and astronauts and the numerous ways that either psychologists and psychiatrists are considering those roles. within the moment half, the waiver criteria positioned forth through either the FAA and a number of the branches of the army are offered, in addition to the waiver choice method. medical concerns exact to aviation - particularly worry of flying, motivation to fly and airsickness - are addressed, in addition to attainable classes of intervention, remedy and disposition. within the ultimate half, extra really expert concerns bearing on aeromedical psychology are handled, particularly the psychopharmacological learn and laws appropriate to leisure pilots and aviation group of workers, dealing with the aftermath of aviation mishaps and the psychologist's position in coincidence investigations
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The battery of tests developed by the USAAF was adapted for use by the Chinese, French, and Royal Air Forces (Marquis 1945). In addition, the US Bureau of Navigation (later the Bureau of Naval Personnel), authorized the accession of psychologists to focus on administering, scoring, and interpreting various psychological tests being examined by the Navy for use in the selection of aviators. Navy psychologists contributed to a number of important areas, utilizing their quantitative and analytical training to develop and introduce improved training records and forms, prepare and revise training syllabi and materials, conduct analyses regarding the causes of flight training attrition, and design research projects investigating vision and communication techniques within the aviation environment (Ames and Older 1948).
For a comprehensive discussion of this research, please see Viteles, 1945. Although the Germans and Italians had been assessing personality as part of their aviation selection programs since WWI, it was not until WWII that personality received serious consideration as a pilot screening tool in the US (Dolgin and Gibb 1988). During this period, the US Army and Navy, in conjunction with the AAAPP, conducted numerous investigations of the ability of commercially available personality measures, such as the new Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), to predict flight school success.
Aeromedical psychology by Carrie H. Kennedy