What facilities does USARIEM use to perform cognitive and behavioral research related to various stressors?
USARIEM’s Psychology and Psychomotor Performance Laboratory provides cognitive and behavioral evaluations of Soldier performance during exposure to operational stressors, including: extended mental alertness, simultaneous and multiple task performance, combat diet regimens, and combat-specific medications (e.g., chemical agent antidotes) and clothing systems (e.g., chemical protective gear). Using research procedures ranging from questionnaires to mental tests to combat skills performance testing, USARIEM scientists are able to understand and quantify performance changes due to operational stress. This allows the development of unique procedures to sustain and enhance Soldier performance under extreme conditions. Assessment techniques developed at USARIEM and routinely used in the laboratory include the Sentry Duty Simulation Model for evaluating vigilance, target detection, and rifle firing accuracy; the Automated Peripheral Vision Device for evaluating reaction time and detection sen