improved communication and collaboration among extramural investigators, NSBRI investigators and JSC operations staff in countermeasure development.

Currently funded NASA research in the area of behavior and performance appears to be making significant progress in the development of advanced technologies necessary for conducting noninvasive research in flight.


Behavioral issues are likely to assume greater importance as missions in space grow in frequency and duration. The need to improve our understanding of fundamental neurobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms and to develop, test, and validate countermeasures that optimize performance and minimize the performance decrements likely to occur during long-duration spaceflight has been amply demonstrated by past experience. At the present time, NASA-funded research programs only partially address this need.


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