Cognitive Performance in Space

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Sustained high level of astronaut cognitive performance is critical to increase the likelihood of space mission success in the face of several environmental, physiologic, and psychological stressors related to living for prolonged periods in an isolated, confined, and extreme (ICE) environment. This entry briefly reviews domains of cognitive performance and recent advances in computerized cognitive testing that links to brain networks established with functional neuroimaging. It then discusses studies on the effects of living in ICE environments on cognitive performance in both spaceflight and space analog environments. Gaps in knowledge are identified and directions for future research are offered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Space Medicine, Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Brain Behavior Laboratory, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pennsylvania Perelman School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, 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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