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Manuscript Submission Deadline 30 June 2022
Manuscript Extension Submission Deadline 31 July 2022

In the last decades, the main space agencies have been focusing on human space exploration missions in future lunar bases and long-duration space travel. In this context, the importance of taking the human-centered perspective on system design is paramount. Yet, a thorough assessment of human operators in ...

In the last decades, the main space agencies have been focusing on human space exploration missions in future lunar bases and long-duration space travel. In this context, the importance of taking the human-centered perspective on system design is paramount. Yet, a thorough assessment of human operators in extreme environments such as space is a real challenge. The combination of subjective (i.e. questionnaires) and objective metrics (i.e. performance) has enabled us to better characterize cognitive and emotional states to a certain degree. However, these metrics cannot reflect all mental states and are discontinuous by nature. The rise of neuroergonomics as the science of studying human operators through the lens of neuroscience has enabled researchers and engineers to approach this assessment via new tools. An evaluation of human operators' mental states is therefore at hand thanks to behavioral, physiological, motor, psychological, and others measurements.

Hence, this Research Topic is intended to foster research that tackles the issue of performing an objective assessment of human operators' mental state in the context of human spaceflight and extreme environments (analog missions) thanks to behavioral and physiological measures.

We welcome studies that address the main topic of human spaceflight and extreme environments through the lens of neuroergonomics or psychophysiology, including, but not limited to, studies about the impact on cognitive and emotional states of:

- Confinement and isolation
- Gravity conditions (hypogravity, microgravity, hypergravity, norm gravity)
- Body orientation and speed
- Training methods and professional tasks in the human spaceflight context
- Communication constraints (e.g. delay, interruptions)
- Other extreme environmental conditions (e.g. temperature, pressure, hypoxia, noise, sensory constraints, lightning conditions)
- Interindividual differences (e.g. culture, gender, and personality)

But also articles on:

- Cognitive and physical ergonomics studies (e.g. activity analysis and monitoring)
- Methods based on a variety of wearable sensors including eye-tracking and electrophysiological measures (e.g. ECG, EMG, EDA, EEG)
- Mobile brain/body imaging techniques (e.g. motion capture)
- Methods based on AI/machine learning (e.g. physiological computing and brain-computer interfaces)
- Training methods including virtual and mixed reality
- Modelisation and simulation
- State of the art reviews and opinion papers

Dr. Vsevolod Peysakhovich is a co-founder and has shares in the private company Hinfact SAS. The remaining Topic Editors have no other Conflicts of Interest to declare.

Keywords: Cognitive Science, Decision Neuroscience, Movement Science and Sport Technology, Cognitive Neuroergonomics, Aviation and Space Physiology, Microgravity, Environmental Physiology


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