A proposal for the integration of behavioural research into International Space Station operations

Musson, David M.
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p148
Academic Journal
This paper proposes specific approaches for the conduct of psychological research on the International Space Station (ISS), and in the training programs supporting ISS. Justification for such research is presented, including improved safety and efficiency, the furthering of scientific knowledge, and the establishment of firm recommendations for the selection, training and support of future long duration crews on a mission to Mars. Data collection techniques and research methodologies are reviewed, including behavioural observations, surveys and interviews, and incident reporting systems. The specific uses of these data are discussed, including training refinement, validation of crew selection criteria, and design of future missions. The essential requirement that astronauts be partners in such research is also discussed, along with an exploration of the need for absolute confidentiality of psychological data and the requirement that information collected must not be used to impair astronaut careers or flight assignments. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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