A MONITORING OF SPACE WEATHER EFFECTS ON SOME PARAMETERS OF MENTAL PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH IN AVIATION PERSONNEL
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Our research deals with longitudinal empirical monitoring of the possible effects of a space weather on the psycho-physiological, physiological and biochemical parameters measured in aviation personnel. Comparing heart rate (HR) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) between the seasons of the high and low solar activities (SolFlux), we found differences of the statistical significance. The differences of the statistical significance were also found between the MAST (Anxiety State and Tension Scale) parameters and R (number of sun spots) and SolFlux (radio solar flux), respectively. TDS (test of ability to differentiate cues) as well as the PAMATB (memory performance test) have the significantly higher values for high speed of hot and sparse plasma of the solar wind. TDS correlates with the geomagnetic activity level and with R. K-test (visual coordination test) shows better results when geomagnetic activity and energetic proton flux are higher (PrFl>1). We are aware that the correlation found between some parameters of a space weather, health and mental state cannot be considered as causal because the primary cause of the mechanism is not clearly understood. Nevertheless, we suppose that our findings could be motivating and encouraging for further research in the space concerning weather effects on other e.g., the human physiological or biochemical processes and this could be helpful in explaining the causes of these correlations.
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