publication . Preprint . 2009

Flying Airplanes: Realizing Circadian Effects (FARCE)

David L. Dickinson; Todd McElroy;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
People differ in their diurnal (time-of-day) preferences—some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which subjects are randomly assigned to produce paper airplanes at either 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 p.m. Our results show that evening-types at their more optimal time-of-day (10:00 p.m.) produce planes that fly statistically significantly farther than those produced by morning-types at their more optimal time-of-day (8:00 a.m.). Evidence also indicates that planes produced by evening-types fly straighter. These results have implications for hiring practices and shift work design in aeronautical en...
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