Task A Multi-faceted Approach to Examine Team Adaptation & Resilience within Isolated, Confined, and Extreme Environments
Last Published:  03/29/18 08:54:56 AM (Central)
Short Title: Team Adaptation & Resilience
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
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This research directly tackles the needs in the research road map by categorizing and quantifying environmental challenges or triggers (i.e., threats) that create a need for adaptation; examining how teams adapt (i.e., adjusting their team and taskwork processes) or fail to adapt in response to such challenges; and clarifying how specific types of team adaptations affect team performance, resilience, and well-being.

The research team will examine these relationships first using archival data from HERA and then by conducting a longitudinal empirical study of Saturation Dive (SAT) teams operating in isolated, confined and dangerous
conditions for 28-day periods – an environment with tremendous similarities to those that future
space crews will face.

They will also develop and test one or more countermeasures, first with the SAT teams and then in an empirical usability study with teams in a NASA analog environment. Collectively, this series of studies will help clarify key risks (adaptation triggers), improve NASA’s understanding of team adaptation dynamics, produce one or more validated countermeasures for enhancing team adaptation, and offer recommendations for composing and
preparing highly adaptive crews.