Psychophysiological Indicators of Performance in Computer-Based Simulation

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Mass General Brigham

Status

Completed

Conditions

Healthy

Treatments

Other: Low Valence
Other: High Valence

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01509794
2011-P-000906

Details and patient eligibility

About

As simulation is now used in many post-graduate education and assessment domains, the investigators want to learn about how autonomically engaged healthcare providers are with the investigators computer simulation paradigm. The investigators are interested in the relationship between autonomic arousal (as measured by heart rate variability and galvanic skin response), self-report of engagement, and performance in the simulation and cognitive debriefing.

Enrollment

17 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Healthcare provider
  • Right-handed

Exclusion criteria

  • Has a medical condition associated with cardiac arrhythmia
  • Taking medications (such as antiarrhythmic or beta-blocker) that has an effect on heart rate or autonomic function

Trial design

17 participants in 2 patient groups

Low Valence
Active Comparator group
Description:
Participants in the low valence condition will participate in photo-based simulations. They will see a photo of the patient and hear affectively flattened audio. The script and clinical information remain the same as the high valence condition.
Treatment:
Other: Low Valence
High Valence
Experimental group
Description:
Participants in the high valence condition will participate in video-based simulations. They will see a rich multimedia presentation of the clinical encounter, with affectively enhanced audio. The script and clinical information remain the same as the low valence condition.
Treatment:
Other: High Valence

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