Experimental methods to validate measures of emotional state and readiness for duty in critical operations.

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A recent report on criticality accidents in nuclear facilities indicates that human error played a major role in a significant number of incidents with serious consequences and that some of these human errors may be related to the emotional state of the individual. A pre-shift test to detect a deleterious emotional state could reduce the occurrence of such errors in critical operations. The effectiveness of pre-shift testing is a challenge because of the need to gather predictive data in a relatively short test period and the potential occurrence of learning effects due to a requirement for frequent testing. This report ... continued below

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Weston, Louise Marie September 1, 2007.

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A recent report on criticality accidents in nuclear facilities indicates that human error played a major role in a significant number of incidents with serious consequences and that some of these human errors may be related to the emotional state of the individual. A pre-shift test to detect a deleterious emotional state could reduce the occurrence of such errors in critical operations. The effectiveness of pre-shift testing is a challenge because of the need to gather predictive data in a relatively short test period and the potential occurrence of learning effects due to a requirement for frequent testing. This report reviews the different types of reliability and validity methods and testing and statistical analysis procedures to validate measures of emotional state. The ultimate value of a validation study depends upon the percentage of human errors in critical operations that are due to the emotional state of the individual. A review of the literature to identify the most promising predictors of emotional state for this application is highly recommended.

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  • Report No.: SAND2007-5906
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/920458 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 920458
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc898308

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Weston, Louise Marie. Experimental methods to validate measures of emotional state and readiness for duty in critical operations., report, September 1, 2007; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc898308/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.