Current Research

Motion analysis research in lab

NASA's Human Research Program

The NMRL team will conduct experimental studies to identify biological and behavioral domains that relate to individual adaptation and resiliency in spaceflight-relevant confined and extreme environments such as the Neumayer Research Station in Antarctica. This work is being done in collaboration with PI David Dinges at the University of Pennsylvania. The name of the project is: SCOR for Evaluating Risk Factors and Biomarkers for Adaptation and Resilience to Spaceflight: Emotional Valence and Social Processes in ICC/ICE Environments. View poster.

Assistant Professor Chris Connaboy is studying conditions in Antarctica to prepare astronauts for an eventual journey to Mars. Through a grant from NASA, Connaboy is collaborating with a team from the University of Houston. His work focuses specifically on the development of a new performance metric designed to assess and identify behavioral risks, which may affect performance in isolated, confined, and extreme environments.

Department of Defense Research Program: Characterization of Psychological Resilience and Readiness

In the military, stress comes in many different forms, including physical exertion, cognitive overload, sleep loss, and caloric restriction. In addition to taxing cognition, these occupational stressors impair physical performance and predispose soldiers to injury. In this multi-institutional DoD-supported research program, we assess novel and established neurocognitive and physical metrics to predict behaviorally-relevant military task performance over four consecutive days of sleep loss, caloric restriction, and physical exertion. Insights from the analysis will be aided by artificial intelligence. View poster.