Task Hybrid Training - A Sensory Stimulation Countermeasure for Long Duration Space Exploration Missions
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:33 AM (Central)
Short Title: Hybrid Training - VR Exercise
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
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Solicited
Aims:
The proposed study concentrates on assessing the effectiveness of regular physical exercise combined with an interactive virtual environment (VR), i.e. Hybrid Training to augment neurostructural, cognitive, physiologic, and social effects of prolonged confinement and isolation on subjects over-wintering in the space analog environment of the Antarctic Neumayer station (or an alternative analog facility). We also propose to compare these data to previous crews overwintering in Neumayer station without any countermeasure. Briefly, the research encompasses the following specific aims:
Aim 1: Investigate the effect of Hybrid Training on brain structure and function
Aim 2: Investigate the effect of Hybrid Training on cognitive performance
Aim 3a: Investigate the effect of Hybrid Training on biochemical markers of stress and neuroplasticity
Aim 3b: Investigate the effects of Hybrid Training on mood, depression, and subjective assessments of workload, stress, sleep quality, tiredness, sickness, and conflicts.
Aim 3c: Investigate the effect of Hybrid Training on sleep duration and sleep-wake rhythms using continuously wrist-worn actigraphy
Aim 3d: Investigate the effect of Hybrid Training on heart rate, heart rate variability, and sleep structure using monthly 24-h ECG measurements
Aim 3e: Investigate the effect of Hybrid Training on crew cohesion and team structure
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