Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780160883583
  • Publisher: US National Aeronautics and Space Admin
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Series: NASA SP
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

 

Dedication

Foreword

Acknowledgments

 

Chapter 1. Introduction: Psychology and the U.S. Space Program

Albert A. Harrison, University of California, Davis

Edna R. Fiedler, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine

Section I: Surviving and Thriving in Extreme Environments

 

Chapter 2. Behavioral Health

Albert A. Harrison, University of California, Davis

Edna R. Fiedler, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine

 

Chapter 3. From Earth Analogs to Space: Getting There from Here

Sheryl L. Bishop, University of Texas Medical Branch

 

Chapter 4. Patterns in Crew-Initiated Photography of Earth from the ISS—Is Earth Observation a Salutogenic Experience?

Julie A. Robinson, Office of the ISS Program Scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Kelley J. Slack, Wyle Laboratories

Valerie Olson, National Space and Biomedical Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine

Mike Trenchard,Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, Engineering and Science Contract Group (ESCG), Johnson Space Center

Kim Willis, Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, ESCG, JSC

Pam Baskin, Wyle Laboratories

Jennifer Boyd, University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Section II: Managing Interpersonal Conflict in Space

 

Chapter 5. Managing Negative Interactions in Space Crews: The Role of Simulator Research

Harvey Wichman, Aerospace Psychology Laboratory, Claremont McKenna College, and Claremont Graduate University

 

Chapter 6. Gender Composition and Crew Cohesion During Long-Duration Space Missions

Jason P. Kring and Megan A. Kaminski, Department of Human Factors and Systems, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Section III: Multicultural Dimensions of Space Exploration

 

Chapter 7. Flying with Strangers: Postmission Reflections of Multinational Space Crews

Peter Suedfeld, Kasia E. Wilk, and Lindi Cassel, University of British Columbia

 

Chapter 8. Spaceflight and Cross-Cultural Psychology

Juris G. Draguns, Pennsylvania State University

Albert A. Harrison, University of California, Davis

 

 

Afterword. From the Past to the Future

Gro Mjeldheim Sandal, University of Bergen

Gloria R. Leon, University of Minnesota

 

About the Authors

Acronyms and Abbreviations

The NASA History Series

Index

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