Polar Psychology Project

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: social sciences, human adaptation, psychology

Principal Investigator: Suedfeld, Peter (1)
Licence Number: 12295
Organization: University of British Columbia
Licensed Year(s): 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: L. Palinkas, G. Steel

Objective(s): to study the expectations, experiences, personality, and other psychological factors of scientists and field assistants engaged in research in the high arctic; to develop a standard debriefing format which will be usable in both Arctic and Antarctic environments to improve preparation and training, selection, and station design for such personnel.

Project Description: In its 5th phase of research, the Polar Psychology Project will involve interviewing and surveying scientists, students, and assistants working in the 2 circumpolar areas. The goal is to gain a better understanding of psychological and psychophysiological processes that affect people working on a time-limited basis in the 2 circumpolar areas, as well as to develop improved procedures for enhancing their adaptation.