Study of the Typological Characteristis of ISS Crew Operators Activity at the Stages of Long Term Space Flight (Tipologia (Typology)) - 10.25.17

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Science Objectives for Everyone
Identification of objective features of typological manifestations of operator activity, which can be used for assessment of the actual mental state, prediction and correction of quality of professional task performance in a space flight.
Science Results for Everyone
Space flight is a head rush. On the ground, crew members exhibit a high level of professional skill, able to perform logical and spatial tasks and to develop adaptive biological control skills. In space, however, microgravity causes a rush of blood to the head, and this investigation found that all subjects begin to struggle with difficult activities and problems, especially ones requiring logic. Researchers sought to identify objective factors that could be used to predict and correct the quality of performance in space. Regardless of performance during flight, most subjects were able to successfully solve problems once back on the ground. 

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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
A. A. Antonov, Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of Russian Academy of Sciences (IMBP RAS), Russia

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Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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ISS Expedition Duration
September 2010 - March 2013

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Experiment Description

Research Overview
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Assessment of preservation of individual typological features of operator activity and their predicted value. Assessment of preservation of adaptive biological control skill (ABC) and the correction effect.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
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Operational Requirements and Protocols
Set TIPOLOGIA, consisting of: TIPOLOGIA kit; TIPOLOGIA-DANNYE kit. Complex Neirolab-2000I. Hardware used onboard: Computer RSK1 of Think Pad A31P type with a set of accessories; Operator restraints; Kit with table complete set.

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Results/More Information

Russian crew participants demonstrated a high level of professional skill training when performing logical and spatial types of tasks, as well as adaptive biological control. During preflight training, all subjects are able to successfully develop adaptive biological control skills and learned to control their readiness skill when solving logical and spatial problems. When solving spatial problems, the ABC effect was observed mostly starting from the third training session. This was confirmed by the increase of the productivity indicators. When solving logical problems, the ABC effect was observed starting from the third or fourth training session. By the last training session, the ABC skill, when solving logical and spatial problems, had been developed in all cosmonauts.

However, in spaceflight conditions, adaptive skill suffered in all subjects: the ABC effect was not observed in the type of activity, which is difficult for the cosmonaut because of his particular behavioral characteristics. The logical activity proved more difficult for most cosmonauts. Only one subject was able to reproduce the ABC skill he had developed earlier when solving logical problems in spaceflight conditions. It should also be mentioned that during postflight analysis, the ABC skill, when solving spatial and logical problems, was expressed distinctly in almost all of the subjects, regardless of how it was affected during spaceflight.

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Results Publications

    Antonov AA, Ershova TA.  Preservation of the ABC skill when controlling the process of synchronizing the bioelectrical activity of the human cerebral cortex in an argon-nitrogen-oxygen environment with various concentrations of oxygen. Aviakosmicheskaia i Ekologicheskaia Meditsina (Aerospace and Environmental Medicine). 2009; 43(5): 27-31.

    Savchenko VV.  Feedback mechanisms when supporting the operator’s functionality in the "human-machine” system, when in a state of readiness to perform experimental activity . Zhurnal Sistemnyi Analiz i Upravleniye s Biomeditzinskikh Sistemakh (System Analysis and Control in Biomedical Systems). 2005; 5(4): 477-481.

    Antonov AA, Ershova TA.  Effect of adaptive biological control session on the indicators of modeled activity in the experiment Mars – 105. Aviakosmicheskaia i Ekologicheskaia Meditsina (Aerospace and Environmental Medicine). 2010; 44(4): 17-23.

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Ground Based Results Publications

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ISS Patents

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Related Websites
Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment

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image NASA Image: ISS030E009565 - Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, Expedition 30 flight engineer, prepares for a session with the Russian behavioral assessment TIPOLOGIA (MBI-20) in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.
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