Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PEBL the World Over

A couple recent publications by PEBL users has lead me to realize the following: PEBL has now been used on every continent, as well as international waters.


The Americas, Europe, and Asia and Australia were 'conquered' by PEBL long ago.  Africa was elusive; several years back, I remember reading a paper from some on-line journal of psychology from some African nation that possibly used PEBL, but I didn't save the reference and can no longer find it, or even remember what the journal was.  But a 2012 paper by Lucas and Buchanan compared some executive function tests in PEBL to a manual 'Tinker Toy Test'. 

Then, what looks to be an Indian journal called the "Neuroscience Journal" published a study by Premkumar et al (2012), who used PEBL to study cognitive function over a year in residence in Antarctica. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nj/aip/254090/ http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nj/aip/254090.pdf.  Thus, all seven continents are represented.

What is more, a conference paper by Hurdiel et al (2011) measured fatigue from sleep deprivation on offshore sailing races--on no continents at all. 

Of course, there is one 'last frontier': Space.  Some years ago, researchers at NASA were using PEBL to test their fNIRS set-up, but this certainly flew to the stars.  With the future of space travel being robots, this may be a frontier we never reach. 



References

Hurdiel R., McCauley P., Peze T., & Theunynck (2011). Sleep deprivation, performance and mathematical prediction of fatigue in offshore sailing races. The 14th International Congress of ACAPS (Association des Chercheurs en Activit├ęs Physiques et Sportives), October, 2011. http://www.congres-acaps.org/images/stories/Publications/hurdiel-a.pdf



Lucas, M., & Buchanan, C. (2012). The Tinker Toy Test as a measure of the dysexecutive syndrome in those from differing socio-economic backgrounds. South African Journal of Psychology, 42(3), 381-388. http://content.ebscohost.com/pdf27_28/pdf/2012/SOP/01Sep12/79962078.pdf


Premkumar, M., Sable, T., Dhanwal, D., & Dewan, R. (2012). Circadian levels of serum melatonin and cortisol in relation to changes in mood, sleep and neurocognitive performance, spanning a year of residence in Antarctica. Neuroscience Journal.

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