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From the brain to the workplace: studies of cognitive fatigue in the laboratory and aboard ship

Smith, Andrew Paul ORCID: 2010. From the brain to the workplace: studies of cognitive fatigue in the laboratory and aboard ship. Ackerman, P. L., ed. Cognitive Fatigue: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Current Research and Future Applications, Decade of Behavior Series, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 291-305.

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In this chapter, the main focus is to take effects demonstrated in the laboratory and consider underlying mechanisms of cognitive fatigue, followed by the impact of such effects in the workplace. The next section of the chapter considers the neurotransmitter basis for lapses of attention. This is followed by a section that considers a peripheral influence on fatigue, namely, how gut flora can alter levels of fatigue. The role of gene expression in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is then used as an example of another approach that has been applied to this area. Different methods of assessing cognitive fatigue at work are then described, and the impact of minor illnesses, such as the common cold, is assessed using these approaches. Finally, research on the extreme fatigue experienced by seafarers is described. This research not only covers the variety of research methodologies outlined earlier in the chapter but also addresses the practical issues of preventing and managing fatigue in an industry that is difficult to regulate. The final section then draws conclusions from the holistic approach to cognitive fatigue described throughout this chapter.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISBN: 9781433808395
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Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:15

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