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Antarctic Isolation as a Mars Habitat Analogue

A Psychological Perspective


Jan Felicjan Terelak

The book is a scientific monograph, based on a natural experiment on cognitive, emotional and social functioning during the year-long isolation of 21 winter hounds at the Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station. The conducted research was of a specimen and sociometric nature. The results presented in the book are unique in the literature on the subject due to the longitudinal nature of the research conducted, together with its high frequency (every two weeks). Moreover, the social isolation was total in its character, due to the large limitation of connectivity with the outside world, which could be considered analogous to future long-term space missions.

Sensory deprivation – social isolation – humans in Antarctic isolation – stress factors in the Antarctic environment – transactional characteristics of the winter-over syndrome – stimulative, social, chronobiological, and functional aspects of Antarctic isolation – extreme stress