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Increasing the effectiveness of behaviour and learning in Swedish air combat training

PhD project within the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

The aim of this project is to provide knowledge about the role of personality traits and simulator training in training fighter pilots, knowledge that is of relevance to validating and updating elements of Swedish air combat training.

Head of project

Malcolm Sehlström
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

2018-10-01 2024-05-31


The project is financed 50 % by the Industrial Doctoral School and 50 % by the external part SAAB.

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Psychology

Research area


Project description

My research focuses on the role of personality traits and simulator training in the training of Swedish fighter pilots.

Personality can be described as an individual’s characteristic pattern of emotions, thoughts and behaviour – something generally considered to be stable over time. In my research, I strive to clarify whether there is any corelation between personality and training results and, more specifically, whether personality has any bearing on how one reacts to and benefits from simulator training.

Simulator training allows pilots to train for situations that would be difficult or dangerous to experience in a real aircraft. The effectiveness of simulator-based training is not however fully understood with regard to factors such as stress management. I study how effectively this is exercised in a simulator and whether training can be made more effective, as well as whether personality has any bearing on this.

Latest update: 2021-04-07