Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
In light of the increasing use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), commonly known as drones, and the equally increasing prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among U.S. veterans of recent wars, this study investigated the possible effects of piloting a drone aircraft and PTSD. Using a simulated drone aircraft in a computer game, the results showed that participants who simulated a drone attack and viewed the post-drone attack video reported significantly higher distress than those who viewed only the post-drone attack video. Females also showed higher distress levels than males. These results suggest the potential risks of psychological trauma even among pilots who are apparently physically far removed from the battlefield.
BF1 .M63 v. 17 no. 2 2012
Lowe, Matthew S. and Gire, James T.
"In the mind of the predator: the possibility of psychological distress in the drone pilot community,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 17
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol17/iss2/2