Behavioral Health and Performance: An Overview

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This overview of the behavioral health and performance chapters provides a perspective on the challenges to behavioral health and performance posed by spaceflight and the lessons learned from the history of terrestrial and spaceflight expeditions, as well as the key role of assessing cognitive functions in spaceflight, ensuring adequate sleep and circadian entrainment in spaceflight, and maintaining a system to manage behavioral health in prolonged spaceflight.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David F. Dinges
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pennsylvania Perelman School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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