Task Cyber Partners: Harnessing Group Dynamics to Boost Motivation for More Efficient Exercise (Completed)
Last Published:  07/30/20 02:45:15 PM (Central)
Short Title: Exercise Compliance and Motivation
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
Collaborating Org(s):
Human Health Countermeasures (HHC) Element
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)
Other:
Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
Procurement Mechanism(s):
Solicited
Aims:

The specific aims of the project are to:

(1) Develop software to create software-generated (SG) exercise partners and interface with exercise equipment similar to what is available on the International Space Station (i.e., cycle ergometer) (CRL-4).  An aerobic stationary cycle exergame that integrates the SG exercise partner will also be developed as part of in this effort.  SG partner features will be tested with an astronaut focus group.

(2) Test various design features of the SG partner within designed exercise games to determine the most effective features for enhancing motivation to exercise, enjoyment, confidence, and connectedness (CRL-5).  Test subjects will be analogous to current astronauts in terms of fitness levels.

(3) Test whether exercising with an SG partner over 24-week time period, compared to exercising alone, leads to better aerobic capacity and muscle strength, adherence to the exercise regimen, and enhanced enjoyment in the activity, self-efficacy, and sense of social connectedness (CRL-6).  Test subjects will be analogous to current astronauts in terms of fitness levels.



This NSBRI NRA is a collaborative study with implications for both BHP and HHC. It is collaborative in that it relates physical exercise for maintaining musculoskeletal health in spaceflight to the exercise experience and how to motivate individuals to be compliant with exercise regimens.

This task also informs the Sensorimotr discipline area: SM 28

Mappings
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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RiskRisk of Reduced Physical Performance Capabilities Due to Reduced Aerobic Capacity
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