Dr. Carlos R. Porges

100_0652The superior  pilot uses superior judgment to avoid using superior skills. I combine my experience as both a neuropsychologist and an active airline pilot to provide the best care and training for the unique challenges faced by air crews.

I have enjoyed flying Boeing 757/767 aircraft for a major airline, and have a neuropsychology practice in Orlando, Florida.

 

crj sunriseFlying is,  I think,  the activity that most fully taxes the brain’s ability to process information,  make judgments, devise & implement problem-solving strategies and appropriately manage emotions.  Especially in the airline world, it has little to do with “cat-like reflexes” and “hawk-like eyes”:  A pilot in urgent need of these traits probably made errors in judgment that led to the predicament requiring such abilities.

Neuropsychology studies brain-behavior relationships. Cognition (e.g., information processing and decision making) as well as personality/emotional functions are brain-based skills essential to flight.  Neuropsychology is thus one of the relevant aeromedical disciplines that can be brought to bear on certification, training and fitness-for-duty issues.

My over 7,000 hours of flight time and 15 years clinical experience allow me to marry these two fields, resulting in “common sense” assessments.

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