Behavioral science space contributions
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1989 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 207–227, July 1989
How to Cite
Harris, P. R. (1989), Behavioral science space contributions. Syst. Res., 34: 207–227. doi: 10.1002/bs.3830340305
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Received: 14 SEP 1988
- space stations and settlements;
- space habitation;
- behavioral and biological sciences
In anticipation of longer missions on the space stations, Mir and Freedom, as well as a potential return to the Moon and the exploration of Mars, human survival and the quality of life aloft will be increasingly dependent upon research in the behavioral and biological sciences. This article reviews the possible contributions to space habitation of the behavioral sciences—especially anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Before space settlements become a reality, the author makes a case for the broadening of the engineering approach to human factor studies, and consideration of the integrative living systems theory in space planning and management.