Accession Number:

ADA123878

Title:

Behavior Analysis of Confined Microsocieties in a Programmed Environment.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV BALTIMORE MD DIV OF BEHAVIORAL BIOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

This report reviews the background, objectives, methodology, and results of a research project devoted to 1 the development of principles and procedures relevant to the selection and training of seaspace mission personnel, 2 the investigation of preventive monitoring and corrective procedures to enhance seaspace mission performance effectiveness, and 3 the evaluation of countermeasures to the potentially disruptive effects of unfamiliar and stressful environments. Initial research endeavors were directed toward the design and construction of an experimental microsociety environment for continuous residence by small groups of volunteer participants over extended time periods under conditions that provide for performance and recreational opportunities within the context of a biologically and behaviorally supportive setting. Studies were then undertaken to analyze experimentally 1 conditions that sustain group cohesion and productivity and that prevent social fragmentation and individual performance deterioration, 2 motivational effects produced by the programmed consequences of individual and team performance requirements, and 3 behavioral and biological effects resulting from changes in group size and membership.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE