Task Mindfulness, Recreation, and Relaxation as a Countermeasure for Long Duration Exploration Missions (Research Requirements) (Completed)
Last Published:  07/30/20 02:45:15 PM (Central)
Short Title: Mindfulness, Recreation, & Relaxation RR
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
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The task consists of an evidence review of the published literature on mindfulness, other relaxative techniques, and recreational activities and their role in promoting mental health and the prevention of cognitive or behavioral symptomology in populations in high-stress environments with an emphasis on populations and environments that are analogous to spaceflight. Additionally the task includes operational assessment interviews with up to ten subject matter experts at NASA or relevant analog environments to determine the state of practice in this area and need for additional work within the NASA environment.

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RiskRisk of Adverse Cognitive or Behavioral Conditions and Psychiatric Disorders
GapBMed-101: We need to identify, quantify, and validate the key selection factors for astronaut cognitive and behavioral strengths (e.g., resiliency) and operationally-relevant performance threats for increasingly Earth independent, long-duration, autonomous, and/or long-distance exploration missions.
GapBMed-103: What are the validated, efficacious treatments (individual or Team-based) and/or countermeasures to prevent adverse behavioral conditions, CNS/neurological, and/or psychiatric disorders caused by either single and/or integrated exposures to spaceflight hazards during exploration class missions?
GapBMed-104: Given the potentially negative spaceflight associated CNS changes and behavioral experiences of stressors during long-duration missions (e.g., isolation, confinement, reduced sensory stimulation, altered gravity, space radiation), what are validated modifications to habitat/vehicle to mitigate stressors impacting on CNS / cognition / behavioral health?
GapBMed-105: Given the potentially negative spaceflight associated CNS/cognitive changes and behavioral experiences of stressors during long-duration missions (e.g., isolation, confinement, reduced sensory stimulation, altered gravity, space radiation), what are validated medical or dietary countermeasures to mitigate stressors impacting on CNS / cognition / behavioral health?
GapBMed-107: What are the long-term changes and risks to astronaut health post-mission that, when using a continuity of care model, helps retrospectively identify and understand individual susceptibility (e.g., hereditary, dose, thresholds) to mitigate adverse CNS, cognitive, and behavioral health changes resulting from long-duration exploration missions, promoting the behavioral health of current and future crews?
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