Memory impairment during a climbing traverse: implications for search and rescue climbing

Epling, Samantha, Blakely, Megan, Edgar, Graham K, Russell, Paul and Helton, William (2018) Memory impairment during a climbing traverse: implications for search and rescue climbing. Experimental Brain Research. ISSN 0014-4819 (In Press)

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Abstract

Cognitive resource limitations can impair one’s ability to multitask. Previous research has shown that climbing is a particu-larly demanding task, and does not neatly fit into existing cognitive resource models. Climbing is a task relevant to firefight-ing and search and rescue, and operators often must also handle communication and navigation tasks in tandem. We present the results of a study where a naturalistic narrative memory task was paired with a climbing traverse. As hypothesized, both climbing and memory performance significantly declined in the dual-compared to each single-task condition. The specific cognitive demands of climbing should be explored further using non-verbal secondary tasks, to determine whether an execu-tive resource bottleneck, verbal resource demand, or something else entirely can better explain the dual-task interference. A more thorough understanding of the mental demand in concurrent operational tasks can be used to tailor the modality and timing or diversion of certain tasks for minimal interference.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dual-task; Resource theory; Working memory; Climbing
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV191.2 Outdoor Life. Outdoor recreation. > GV199.44 Rock climbing.
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Graham Edgar
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2018 16:42
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2018 00:06
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5900

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