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Document ID (ISN)46189
CIS number 86-1184
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 1986
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Christensen J.M., Talbot J.M.
Title Review of the psychological aspects of space flight
Bibliographic information Mar. 1986, Vol.57, No.3, p.203-212. 90 ref.
Abstract This literature review covers scientific observations and anecdotal reports of temporary psychological aberrations during space flight. They include disorientation, spatial illusions, visual disturbances, anomalous myopias, sleep disturbances and substandard performance. Both physical (artificial life support, microgravity, continuous threat of hazards) and social (isolation, boredom, crowding, lack of privacy) stress factors are present in space travel. An ad hoc Working Group set up in the USA has recommended the establishment of a comprehensive research and development programme aimed at all aspects of the problem, in particular as it relates to the Space Station Program planned by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA).
Descriptors (primary) dangerous work; work in confined spaces; space travel; psychological effects; work in isolation
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; mental disorders; USA; visual function disorders
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Space travel
Confined spaces