Task Quantification of Response to Virtual Reality based Sensory Stimulation for Relaxation and Therapeutic Release in ICE
Last Published:  07/30/20 02:45:15 PM (Central)
Short Title: VR Stimulation in ICE
Responsible HRP Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance
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Funding Status: Active - Currently funded and in progress
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Aims:
This study will investigate the feasibility of nature based sensory stimulation using VR to promote stress management and relaxation by (1) adding an interactive component to the VR-based sensory stimulation, to promote engagement and to facilitate therapeutic release; (2) deploying and testing this platform in ICE for feasibility and validation; (3) incorporating non-intrusive physiological monitoring, and (4) examining quantifiable neurophysiological response to stimulation exposure, individual variability in responses, and longitudinal and dose-response characteristics of exposure impacts.
Aim 1: To evaluate the acceptance, perceived effectiveness, and operational feasibility of various VR parameters for relaxation, restoration, and therapeutic release, based on usage in operational ICE.
Aim 2: To manipulate various aspects of VR presentation (e.g. duration, scene content, biofeedback presentation, addition of haptic cues) in the laboratory to optimize the VR experience for relaxation, restoration, and therapeutic release.
Aim 3: To assess experimentally the impact of various core aspects of a VR based sensory stimulation platform for relaxation and therapeutic release (e.g. length, scene content, interactivity, haptic cues) by altering these elements and assessing before and after VR presentation (1) psychophysiological response (to assess relaxation) and (2) performance on an operationally-relevant task (as a measure of cognitive performance and attention restoration), within ICE across the mission duration.
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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-102: Given exposures to spaceflight hazards (space radiation, isolation), how do we identify individual susceptibility, monitor molecular/biomarkers and acceptable thresholds, and validate behavioral health and CNS/neurological/neuropsychological performance measures and domains of relevance to exploration class 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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