Performance awareness: Predicting cognitive performance during simulated shiftwork using chronobiological measures

Research Gate - 11 september 2017


Physiological tracers of circadian rhythms and a performance awareness index were examined as predictors of cognitive performance during two sleep deprivation conditions common to occupational shiftwork. Study 1: Thirty-three sleep-deprived participants completed a simulated nightshift.

Study 2: Thirty-two partially sleep-deprived participants completed a simulated dayshift. A standardized logic test was used to measure cognitive performance. Body temperature and heart rate were measured as chronobiological indices of endogenous circadian rhythms. Performance awareness was calculated as a correlation between actual and perceived performance. These studies demonstrated a parallelism between performance awareness and the circadian rhythm. Chronobiological changes were predictive of performance awareness during the simulated nightshift but not dayshift. Only oral temperature was a significant independent predictor. Oral temperature predicted an individual’s awareness of their own performance better than their own subjective awareness. These findings suggest that using circadian rhythm

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