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The Operation of Control Devices During Parabolic Flights: Influence of Weightlessness, Stress and Motivation (Grafism)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02563275
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2015 by University Hospital, Caen.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 30, 2015
Last Update Posted : September 30, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Caen

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE July 22, 2015
First Posted Date  ICMJE September 30, 2015
Last Update Posted Date September 30, 2015
Study Start Date  ICMJE March 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date October 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 28, 2015)
  • Velocity (deg/sec) of the right hand movement measured with a motion analysis system [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  • Forces (Newton) applied by the hand on the objects to be grasped measured with strain gauges [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  • Torques (N.m) applied by the hand on the objects to be grasped measured with strain gauges [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  • Peak velocity (deg/sec) of the right hand measured with a motin analysis system [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  • Initial force (Newton) on the grasped object measured with strain gauges [ Time Frame: baseline ]
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE The Operation of Control Devices During Parabolic Flights: Influence of Weightlessness, Stress and Motivation
Official Title  ICMJE The Operation of Control Devices During Parabolic Flights: Influence of Weightlessness, Stress and Motivation
Brief Summary The aim of this project is to investigate whether alterations in sensory-motor performances during weightlessness are only of theoretical relevance, or indeed restrict the capacity of the participants. To find out, volunteers will monitor a complex realistic process by operation of buttons and switches in weightlessness. The task will mimic the control of vehicles, research equipment and industrial processes. Effects of weightlessness will be separated from effects induced by stress and those of motivation through evaluation of cortisol and manipulation of motivation.
Detailed Description

Investigations description

---------------------------------- Subjects will sit in a rack at a table in front of a 17" screen of an Eye Tracker system (Tobii® T60). The right part of the screen will be covered by a row of operating devices; two rotary knobs of different size, one turn switch and one simple push button. The construction of these devices is based on real ones on board the ISS. Integrated in three of these devices are force sensors (6D ATI® Nano17), which register grip torques and forces while subjects' manipulate the devices.

Four Vicon® Bonita cameras are positioned over the table and attached to a table-fixed metal frame. They will register hand dynamics throughout all grasping movements in normal gravity as well as in microgravity.

In accordance to a classical control task by Kramer (1999) subjects will be asked to control pointer instruments, which are displayed one below the other on the screen. These controls will be embedded in a real life scenario where subjects have to react on specific signals within this scenario: As soon as one of the displayed pointers reach a critical deflection, subjects have to react as fast as possible by grasping towards the associated control device, rotate or push it and turn back to the starting position. This action will bring the pointers back to an uncritical position. The pointers will move independent from the others. Additionally we introduce one compatible and one incompatible pointer-device connection, i.e. the upper pointer can be controlled with the lower device, the middle pointer with the middle and the lower pointer with the upper device.

Equipment used --------------------- Hand movements Hand movements are registered from above and the side by four infrared high-speed cameras (Bonita Vicon-Cameras - CE mark 0088) which register with 250Hz the 3D positions of ten small reflexive markers (attached by double sided adhesive tape to all fingertips and to the thumb of the subjects' right hand). The cameras are connected via cables with an Ultranet which is the central processing unit. The Ultranet is connected with a network cable to a corresponding desktop computer.

Force and torque sensors The different knobs (three of them) that have to be grasped, measure forces and torques applied to it at a rate of 250Hz. These sensors (Nano 17 of the ATI DAQ F/T System) are connected to power supply boxes with a booster, which supplies the data via a DAQ card to the desktop computer. We will analyze usual force parameters such as initial forces at the knob, but also maximal forces applied to the knobs.

Experimental protocol

----------------------------- Before flight subjects will be familiarized with the setup and the protocol. For each flight day, only one subject will be studied. The procedure will be the same on each flight.

Overall one subject will be tested during 26 parabolas. Within the first 13 parabolas motivational state will be manipulated in a positive way by means of positive word presentation (subliminal priming) and within the last 13 parabolas with negative words. The order of positive versus negative priming will be counterbalanced across subjects.

All subjects perform the task of operating control devices once in level flight before the first parabolas, during the parabolas and after the parabolas. After the whole flight subjects will perform the control task again.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Condition  ICMJE Healthy Volunteers
Intervention  ICMJE
  • Other: motion analysis system
  • Other: parabolic flight
Study Arms  ICMJE Human fine motor skills measurements during weightlessness
  • Other: motion analysis system
  • Other: parabolic flight
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Unknown status
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 28, 2015)
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Study Completion Date  ICMJE Not Provided
Estimated Primary Completion Date October 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy volunteers (men or women)
  • Aged from 21 to 65
  • Right handed
  • Affiliated to a Social Security system and, for non-French resident, holding a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Who accepted to take part in the study
  • Who have given their written stated consent
  • Who has passed a medical examination similar to a standard aviation medical examination for private pilot aptitude .There will be no additional test performed for subject selection.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Person who took part in a previous biomedical research protocol, of which exclusion period is not terminated
  • Person with medical history of neurological disorders
  • Person with medical history of musculoskeletal disorders of the lower limbs, especially of the ankle and knee joint.
  • Pregnant women
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Yes
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE France
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT02563275
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 13-002
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party University Hospital, Caen
Study Sponsor  ICMJE University Hospital, Caen
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE Not Provided
PRS Account University Hospital, Caen
Verification Date September 2015

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