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The Science and Simulation of Human Performance

ISBN: 978-0-76231-141-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-296-2

ISSN: 1479-3601

Publication date: 30 December 2004


Understanding how health status and physiological factors affect performance is a daunting task. This chapter will discuss physiological, behavioral, and psychological factors that influence or determine the capacity to fight, and will consider metrics that can be used to measure their status. The premise of this discussion is that there is a set of physiological and psychological factors that intimately affect performance and that the relative contribution of these variables is individually unique. These factors can be identified and assessed, and are amenable to modification. A fuller understanding of these variables can lead the effort to maintain and improve performance in the adverse and challenging environments of military operations.


Penetar, D. and Friedl, K. (2004), "THE PHYSIOLOGY OF PERFORMANCE, STRESS, AND READINESS", Ness, J., Tepe, V. and Ritzer, D. (Ed.) The Science and Simulation of Human Performance (Advances in Human Performance and Cognitive Engineering Research, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 267-305.

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