Cognitive assessment research project at the NASA-UND Lunar/Martian Analog Habitat
We're excited to participate with the Human Spaceflight Laboratory at the University of North Dakota, Fordham University, and Cognionics, on a research project for Inflatable Lunar Martian Analog Habitat Mission V, testing the feasibility of using wearable EEG and specially designed cognitive assessment protocols to characterize and predict future changes in cognitive performance during Lunar/Martian missions.
For 14 days in May, three volunteer crewmembers participated in a simulated Lunar/Martian mini-mission, living and working in a specially designed inflatable habitat in North Dakota, a high tech prototype for possible future habitats on the Martian or Lunar surface.
During those days, the crew evaluated novel wearable EEG and other biosensor systems and used Intheon's NeuroPype signal processing application to gather data on their neural, physiological, and behavioral activity while awake, asleep, doing a battery of cognitive tasks, and performing extravehicular activities in their space suits outside the habitat. This is part of an ongoing collaborative research effort with the goal of developing and testing novel capabilities for assessing and predicting crewmember cognitive health and performance on long duration missions to deep space, Mars, and the Moon.