Scaling Body-Related Actions in the Absence of Gravity (Passages) - 09.17.14
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Scaling Body-Related Actions in the Absence of Gravity (Passages) tests how astronauts interpret visual information in microgravity.
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Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)
ISS Expedition Duration
October 2009 - May 2012
Previous ISS Missions
Passages was first operated on ISS Expedition 21/22.
The objectives of Passages include:
- demonstrating the possible decrease of the use of the "Eye-Height" strategy (altitude of one's line of gaze parallel to the ground) for estimating affordances (what we perceive when we look at objects) after long exposure to weightlessness;
- testing the possibility of using "virtual visual eye-height" (visual perception of the altitude of one's line of gaze parallel to the ground in a virtual environment) context to restore the Earth-adapted strategy in weightlessness;
- testing for effects of weightlessness on estimates of visual distance and perceived eye height used to calibrate physical dimensions in the visual field such as in determining the "passibility" of a doorway.
Ground Based Results Publications
Luyat M, Regia-Corte T. Affordances: James Jerome Gibson recent formalization of the concept = The affordances: from James Jerome Gibson to the recent formal models of the concept. Psychological Year. 2009; 109(2): 297-332. [French]
Marcilly R, Luyat M. The role of eye height in judgment of an affordance of passage under a barrier. Current Psychology Letters. 2008; 24(1): 14 pp.
NASA Image: ISS025E008371 - NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock, Expedition 25 commander, uses Neurospat hardware to perform a science session with the European Space Agency PASSAGES experiment in the Columbus laboratory of the International Space Station.
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NASA Image: ISS029E021640 - Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum is photographed performing an onboard science session with the ESA PASSAGES experiment.
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