Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective

Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective

by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
     
 

Through essays on topics including survival in extreme environments and the multicultural dimensions of exploration, readers will gain an understanding of the psychological challenges that have faced the space program since its earliest days. An engaging read for those interested in space, history, and psychology alike, this is a highly relevant read as we stand

Overview

Through essays on topics including survival in extreme environments and the multicultural dimensions of exploration, readers will gain an understanding of the psychological challenges that have faced the space program since its earliest days. An engaging read for those interested in space, history, and psychology alike, this is a highly relevant read as we stand poised on the edge of a new era of spaceflight. Each essay also explicitly addresses the history of the psychology of space exploration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780160883583
Publisher:
US National Aeronautics and Space Admin
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Series:
NASA SP
Edition description:
First
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Vakoch is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as the director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute. Dr. Vakoch is a licensed psychologist in the state of California, and his psychological research, clinical, and teaching interests include topics in psychotherapy, ecopsychology, and methodologies of psychological research. As a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Dr. Vakoch chairs that organization’s Study Group on Interstellar Message Construction. Through his membership in the International Institute of Space Law, he examines policy issues related to interstellar communication. He is the editor of several forthcoming volumes, including Between Worlds: The Art and Science of Interstellar Message Composition (MIT Press), Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication (NASA History Series), and Rhetoric, Sex, Technology: Critical Perspectives on Ecofeminism(Berghahn Books). Dr. Vakoch serves as general editor of the book series Ecofeminist Theory and Practice, published by Berghahn Books, and he is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ecopsychology.

Dr. Vakoch has chaired numerous workshops and conference sessions, including several symposia at recent annual conventions of the American Psychological Association on the psychology of space exploration and on environmental psychology. While completing his M.A. in history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame, he focused on both the history of astronomy and the history of psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a Quantitative Concentration from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After finishing his predoctoral clinical internship in health psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Vakoch completed a National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

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