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4 people are living in an isolated habitat for 30 days. Why? Science!

2016 Feb 1, 3:27

nasa:

This 30 day mission will help our researchers learn how isolation and close quarters affect individual and group behavior. This study at our Johnson Space Center prepares us for long duration space missions, like a trip to an asteroid or even to Mars.

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The Human Research Exploration Analog (HERA) that the crew members will be living in is one compact, science-making house. But unlike in a normal house, these inhabitants won’t go outside for 30 days. Their communication with the rest of planet Earth will also be very limited, and they won’t have any access to internet. So no checking social media kids!

The only people they will talk with regularly are mission control and each other.

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The crew member selection process is based on a number of criteria, including the same criteria for astronaut selection.

What will they be doing?

Because this mission simulates a 715-day journey to a Near-Earth asteroid, the four crew members will complete activities similar to what would happen during an outbound transit, on location at the asteroid, and the return transit phases of a mission (just in a bit of an accelerated timeframe). This simulation means that even when communicating with mission control, there will be a delay on all communications ranging from 1 to 10 minutes each way. The crew will also perform virtual spacewalk missions once they reach their destination, where they will inspect the asteroid and collect samples from it. 

A few other details:

  • The crew follows a timeline that is similar to one used for the ISS crew.
  • They work 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday. This includes time for daily planning, conferences, meals and exercises.  
  • They will be growing and taking care of plants and brine shrimp, which they will analyze and document.

But beware! While we do all we can to avoid crises during missions, crews need to be able to respond in the event of an emergency. The HERA crew will conduct a couple of emergency scenario simulations, including one that will require them to maneuver through a debris field during the Earth-bound phase of the mission. 

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Throughout the mission, researchers will gather information about cohabitation, teamwork, team cohesion, mood, performance and overall well-being. The crew members will be tracked by numerous devices that each capture different types of data.

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Past HERA crew members wore a sensor that recorded heart rate, distance, motion and sound intensity. When crew members were working together, the sensor would also record their proximity as well, helping investigators learn about team cohesion.

Researchers also learned about how crew members react to stress by recording and analyzing verbal interactions and by analyzing “markers” in blood and saliva samples.

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In total, this mission will include 19 individual investigations across key human research elements. From psychological to physiological experiments, the crew members will help prepare us for future missions.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

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4 people are living in an isolated habitat for 30 days. Why? Science!

2016 Feb 1, 3:27

nasa:

This 30 day mission will help our researchers learn how isolation and close quarters affect individual and group behavior. This study at our Johnson Space Center prepares us for long duration space missions, like a trip to an asteroid or even to Mars.

image

The Human Research Exploration Analog (HERA) that the crew members will be living in is one compact, science-making house. But unlike in a normal house, these inhabitants won’t go outside for 30 days. Their communication with the rest of planet Earth will also be very limited, and they won’t have any access to internet. So no checking social media kids!

The only people they will talk with regularly are mission control and each other.

image

The crew member selection process is based on a number of criteria, including the same criteria for astronaut selection.

What will they be doing?

Because this mission simulates a 715-day journey to a Near-Earth asteroid, the four crew members will complete activities similar to what would happen during an outbound transit, on location at the asteroid, and the return transit phases of a mission (just in a bit of an accelerated timeframe). This simulation means that even when communicating with mission control, there will be a delay on all communications ranging from 1 to 10 minutes each way. The crew will also perform virtual spacewalk missions once they reach their destination, where they will inspect the asteroid and collect samples from it. 

A few other details:

  • The crew follows a timeline that is similar to one used for the ISS crew.
  • They work 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday. This includes time for daily planning, conferences, meals and exercises.  
  • They will be growing and taking care of plants and brine shrimp, which they will analyze and document.

But beware! While we do all we can to avoid crises during missions, crews need to be able to respond in the event of an emergency. The HERA crew will conduct a couple of emergency scenario simulations, including one that will require them to maneuver through a debris field during the Earth-bound phase of the mission. 

image

Throughout the mission, researchers will gather information about cohabitation, teamwork, team cohesion, mood, performance and overall well-being. The crew members will be tracked by numerous devices that each capture different types of data.

image

Past HERA crew members wore a sensor that recorded heart rate, distance, motion and sound intensity. When crew members were working together, the sensor would also record their proximity as well, helping investigators learn about team cohesion.

Researchers also learned about how crew members react to stress by recording and analyzing verbal interactions and by analyzing “markers” in blood and saliva samples.

image

In total, this mission will include 19 individual investigations across key human research elements. From psychological to physiological experiments, the crew members will help prepare us for future missions.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

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Retweet of lukew

2016 Jan 6, 6:33
Web vs. native apps or why you want both (with data) http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1954 … pic.twitter.com/wuEkpsyWo2
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Dec 23, 9:23
Doctor Who rerun on after watching Jessica Jones. The Doctor suddenly seems so sinister. Don't read the psychic paper!
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Retweet of JustinRoiland

2015 Dec 6, 9:16
Everyone is aware of this right? @DoubleFine announced #Psychonauts2 psychonauts2 https://www.fig.co/campaigns/psychonauts-2 …
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Retweet of waxpancake

2015 Dec 3, 10:39
So excited to see @TimOfLegend and the @DoubleFine crew working on Psychonauts 2: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/psychonauts-2 … Can't wait to see the documentary.
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Jan 28, 3:09
Speedrunner Stephen Kiazyk demos Psychonauts bugs to dev team incl Tim Schafer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsDc1YVxHA0 … Funny reactions from the game's devs
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laughingsquid: An ‘American Psycho’ Parody Starring Huey Lewis...

2013 Apr 4, 5:33


laughingsquid:

An ‘American Psycho’ Parody Starring Huey Lewis & Weird Al

Hey its the high school band audition judge from Back to the Future.

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Gangnam Style looks like he’s riding a horse but actually...

2012 Aug 24, 1:29


Gangnam Style looks like he’s riding a horse but actually its satire.

Also, the making of video: http://youtu.be/9HPiBJBCOq8

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Awesome faux trailer for Psychonauts as Inception. Wish I had...

2012 Feb 14, 8:58


Awesome faux trailer for Psychonauts as Inception. Wish I had made the connection before - there’s a ton of overlap.

INCEPTIONAUTS (by FineLeatherJackets)

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Django Reinhardt-01-10 : Django Reinhardt : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

2012 Jan 22, 4:40

This is Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy swing from the 30s and 40s on archive.org and it is all in the public domain. I didn’t know the term for the genre so it took me a while to find this.

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YouTube - Radiohead - Paranoid Android: YouTube Artists Mix

2011 Jun 20, 2:36A mix of 36 YouTube videos of various people playing Radiohead's Paranoid Android. It sounds good but the video too is very compelling. Also I would be psych'ed if it were my video picked to rock out at 2:50.

The mix:


Crazy bear on accoustic from 6:03


Amazing big band rendition from 2:20
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Three Reasons Why We Buy Those Crazy Steam Bundles « The Psychology of Video Games

2010 May 30, 9:20PermalinkCommentsvia:mattb psychology game video-game steam economics technical

Color Survey Results « xkcd

2010 May 4, 10:51Survey asks you for your gender and color blindness status and then shows you various colors one by one and asks you to type the name. The results of this survey are presented here. Very few differences between genders but there's plenty of interesting results in this document.PermalinkCommentsvia:swannman science statistics color psychology xkcd humor art

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? | Video on TED.com

2010 Feb 1, 9:25Synthesized happiness at around 11min sounds a lot like my relationship with my phone.PermalinkCommentsvideo ted psychology happiness

Dolores Labs Blog » Altruism on Amazon Mechanical Turk

2010 Jan 28, 2:36Amazon's Mechanical Turkers enact the Prisoners Dilemma.PermalinkCommentsamazon mechanical-turk psychology economics prisoners-dilemma

Question Suggestions - small voyages into the collective psyche of humans who ask google questions

2009 Jul 29, 4:40Lists of Google's search suggestions for the starts of various phrases. Sometimes humorous.
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YouTube - Louis Vuitton "SUPERFLAT MONOGRAM"

2009 Jul 9, 10:53"...but the inside of his stomach is gateway to a psychadelic wonderland." Need I quote more? The whole thing made me think of a rather upbeat and trippy episode of Lain. Also, one of the repeating noises in the soundtrack made me think I was finishing a lap in Mario Kart.PermalinkCommentsvideo art ad commercial anime animation louis-vuitton superflat Takashi-Murakami cute psychadelic

YouTube - "Weird Al" Yankovic - Craigslist

2009 Jun 16, 10:41Multiple friends on Facebook posted "Weird Al" Yankovic's Craigslist. Obviously a great topic for a Weird Al song: plenty of room for rhyming arbitrary nouns.PermalinkCommentsvideo humor weird-al doors music music-video youtube psychadelic

frontline: the persuaders | PBS

2009 Jun 2, 5:11"THE PERSUADERS: What's going on in the world of today's marketers and advertisers? What are the new and surprising methods they're using to decipher who we are and what we want? And where is this taking us?"PermalinkCommentsvideo advertising business propaganda documentary pbs psychology marketing
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