THIS PROJECT STUDY SETS OUT TO ADDRESS A BIOMEDICAL PROBLEM (THE SPACE ADAPTATION SYNDROME) BY COMBINING TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE IN PERCEPTUAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING.

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1769
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Essex Corp
1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 227, Orlando, FL, 32803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
ROBERT S. KENNEDY
INVESTIGATOR
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT STUDY SETS OUT TO ADDRESS A BIOMEDICAL PROBLEM (THE SPACE ADAPTATION SYNDROME) BY COMBINING TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE IN PERCEPTUAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING. ALTHOUGH MOTION SICKNESS-LIKE SYMPTOMS HAVE OCCURRED IN ABOUT HALF OF THE SPACE TRAVELLERS IN NASA'S SHUTTLE AND SKYLAB PROGRAMS, ALL OR NEARLY ALL HAVE ADAPTED WHILE ALOFT. THIS PROJECT WILL UNDERTAKE A LITERATURE REVIEW AS WELL AS CONDUCT AN EXPERIMENT ON THE ADAPTATION PROCESS. THE PRIMARY PURPOSE WILL BE TO DETERMINE WHETHER LAWFUL RELATIONSHIPS GOVERN TRANSFER OF LEARNED BEHAVIORS FROM ONE SET OF STIMULUS CONDITIONS TO ANOTHER. THE SECONDARY OBJECTIVE WILL BE TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS POSSESS GREATER FACILITY AT ADAPTING TO ALTERED PERCEPTUAL STIMULI THAN OTHERS. A TRADITIONAL PERCEPTUAL-MOTOR REARRANGEMENT STUDY (USING PRISMATIC DISPLACEMENT) WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO A TRADITIONAL HUMAN FACTORS PROBLEM (TRACKING PERFORMANCE WITH A SET OF INCOMPATIBLE CONTROL DISPLAY RELATIONSHIPS).

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