Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations in Space Exploration

The main objectives

The Aims of the Laboratory

The aims of the Laboratory are to gain knowledge in order to improve training for humans working in space as well as transfer this knowledge into other areas of human activity under extreme conditions.

The Main Objectives

– Cognitive, physiological and pedagogical research to gain knowledge in order to train people to work in space;

– Development of basic skills necessary for effective preparation of humans for operator performance under the conditions of space flight;

– Development of criteria for the effectiveness of multi-integrated selection of astronauts in groups for flight training;

– Development of astronaut training methods as well as trainers for the implementation of this goal;

– Diversification of technologies designed to provide cognitive support for the space industry in order to transfer them to other spheres of human activity under extreme conditions;

– Analysis of the physiological mechanisms of motor control in conditions of lack of sensory information (visual, proprioceptive, vestibular);

– Analysis of the physiological mechanisms of motor control in terms of hemodynamic dysfunctions;

– Molecular and biological studies of the endocrine function of skeletal muscles;

– Research on the features of intramuscular and intermuscular coordination with dosing efforts in a delicate balance;

– Ensuring physiological accuracy and coordination in terms of unstable equilibrium and a moving target;

– Analysis of psychophysiological mechanisms of connection formation between sensory and motor images;

– Development of methodological tools aimed at the study of the mechanism formation and selectivity during solving spatial problems;

– Development of hardware-software complex for divided attention training;

– Development of a technique for general and special endurance training as an effective instrument for maintaining optimal health of astronauts during a long flight;

– The study of the co-relation between cognitive function and cerebral hemodynamics in solving cognitive and motor tasks in extreme conditions;

– Determination of the leading biomolecular factors providing adaptive adjustment of macro- and microcirculation in solving cognitive and motor tasks in extreme conditions.

Results Application

The results of the work are to be used for the selection and training of astronauts to work in space flight at the orbit and during interplanetary missions. In addition, the results of the monitoring activities of professionals employed in industries with difficult working conditions can be used to improve the reliability of operators, pilots, drivers, machinists. These results can also serve as the basis for possible development of teaching materials to improve motor skills, and training with biofeedback to improve the quality and reliability of the solution for cognitive tasks in professional activity of operators.

Сurrent research

  1. The development of digital modeling techniques and algorithms to combine them with traditional numerical methods of continuum mechanics for dynamic analysis of multi-level mode of operation of critical components and assemblies of structures subject to degradation and destruction of the materials of these elements on the meso- and microscopic structural levels.
  2. Dynamic modeling of friction and wear in moving joints of structural elements at different scales from nano to the macroscopic order to identify the effect of the relationship localized frictional processes and modes of operation of certain parts of the design and construction in general.
  3. Construction of dynamic mechanical models of structural materials and their application to the analysis of the dynamics of deformation and degradation of materials of critical components and assemblies of structures under intensive dynamic effects.
  4. Study of the conditions and dynamics of the development of cracks in elastic-plastic materials and uprugohrupkih under external influences of varying intensity.
  5. Development of a promising method for dimension reduction problems of dynamic modeling to improve the efficiency of multiple computational methods used in conducting multi-level dynamic analysis of structures and modes of operation occurring at the same degradation processes of individual elements or compounds.

Head of Laboratory

Dmitry Balanev
Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, TSU
email: balanev@mail.ru
work phone: +7 (3822) 529 725

Key Partners

University of Montreal Hospital, Canada;

Harvard Medical School, US;

Moscow State University, Russia;

Siberian State Aerospace University, Russia;

Research Institute of Physiology and Fundamental Medicine, Siberian Branch of the Russian; Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia;

Siberian State Medical University, Russia;

Krasnoyarsk State Medical University, Russia;

Research Institute of Mental Health of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia.