, the "father of space psychology," studies the mental effects of space flight and long periods of isolation on astronauts. From Inside Bay Area:
In the 1980s the kind of "long-duration" space missions (Kansas had) written about were beginning to happen. The Russians had the space station Mir in orbit and American astronauts were on board for lengthy visits.
Link (via MindHacks)
These were trying situations. "Most anybody can get along with any body for a week or two," Kanas observes. But longer stays in cramped conditions with no real opportunity for escape are different. Kanas used questionnaires completed on board to discern issues of tension, cohesion and "displacement," the tendency to redirect anger at others. For the cosmonauts and astronauts that was often the ground control.
Kanas looked for what crews at Antarctic research stations call the "third-quarter syndrome." Halfway through any stressful stint, it becomes more difficult to keep anger and resentment at bay. "Think about being with the same person for six months and you don't have a way out," Kanas says. "The groups become less cohesive as time goes on."
, and more on Kanas in this 2002 NASA article
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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