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Fear in the Cockpit: The Differences Between the Plane Crash in Taipei and the Miracle on the Hudson


Fear in the Cockpit The Differences Between the Plane Crash in Taipei and the Miracle on the Hudson

Source: http://nautil.us/issue/23/dominoes/fear-...

What’s the difference between Sullenberger, who was able to innovate solutions in the face of imminent death, and Liao, who apparently panicked and shut down the wrong engine? It’s a question that researchers like Mujica-Parodi have puzzled over for decades and still haven’t completely nailed down.

Physical fitness seems to play a role. Mujica-Parodi has conducted experiments that measure the stress of first-time skydivers. (They jump with electronic sensors on their bodies.) She found that subjects with a lower body mass index had lower stress-hormone levels and performed better on cognitive tasks. There may also be a genetic component: Polymorphisms in the gene for the mu-opioid receptor, located on neuron membranes, and related to hormone release and inhibition, seem to affect how individuals respond to stress. At this point, however, only one factor seems clear-cut, and that is training. We can prepare ourselves for specific dangers by practicing the necessary response to them over and over again.

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I'm adding this to the list of reasons to exercise: Emergency readiness. 

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