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Evaluation of ship navigator's mental workload for ship handling based on physiological indices

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4 Author(s)
Kousaku Hama ; Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan ; Koji Murai ; Yuji Hayashi ; Laurie C. Stone

Mental workload is useful to evaluate performance of ship bridge teammates: a captain, a duty officer, a helmsman, and a pilot. The physiological indices, heart rate variability and nasal temperature, are good indices of the mental workload found in ship handling; however, it is best if we get response and evaluation results quickly on the spot. A recent study shows salivary amylase activity is reflected by the sympathetic nervous system. This paper proposes that salivary amylase activity shows a ship navigator's mental workload during ship handling.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2009. SMC 2009. IEEE International Conference on

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11-14 Oct. 2009