Task Understanding and Preventing Crew Member Task Entrainment
Last Published:  04/20/22 11:43:24 AM (Central)
Short Title: Crew Member Task Entrainment
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
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Aim: How long does it take for team members to become entrained in a particular mode of work (independent vs.interdependent tasks)?
A combination of ground- and flight-based experiments intended to identify the causes and consequences of crew member entrainment to independent or interdependent work, and to
develop and test an intervention that will counteract this entrainment. The studies, which are grounded in the research team’s extensive experience with experimental and field based studies of teams, will generate new insights and process improvements that will enable crew members to successfully transition between focused independent work and critical interdependent tasks with minimal switching costs and interpersonal friction.

Additionally, this research team will collaborate and work together with the corresponding research team (Dr. Leslie DeChurch) for the other Team Task Switching project (Functional Work Shifts in Astronaut Crews) for the ISS portion of their tasks.
RiskRisk of Adverse Outcomes Due to Inadequate Human Systems Integration Architecture
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RiskRisk of Performance and Behavioral Health Decrements Due to Inadequate Cooperation, Coordination, Communication, and Psychosocial Adaptation within a Team
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