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Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) on ISS Project

Project Introduction

The Psychomotor Vigilance (PVT) Self Test (operational name on International Space Station (ISS) is Reaction Self Test) is intended to provide astronauts with objective feedback on neurobehavioral changes in vigilant attention, psychomotor speed, state stability, and impulsivity while on International Space Station (ISS) missions, as well as recording their subjective ratings of workload, sleep timing and quality, tiredness, fatigue, and stress. The PVT Self Test is suited for repeated use in sp...

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Technology Details: Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) on ISS Project

Anticipated Benefits

Benefits to the nation

The Principal Investigator (PI) developed the original 10-minute Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT), from which the Reaction Self Test was derived, to measure changes in psychomotor speed, lapses of attention, wake state instability, and impulsivity induced by fatigue and other performance-degrading factors commonly found in operational environments. Based on research supported by federal and non-US federal agencies, as well as the pharmaceutical industry, the 10-minute PVT has been extensively validated in laboratory studies, simulators, and operational environments to be sensitive to a variety...

U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

NASA Organizations Performing Work Role Location
  • Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Lead Center Houston, TX

U.S. States with Work:

 
U.S. States and Territories with Work on this Project
Pennsylvania
Other Organizations Performing Work Type of Organization
  • University of Pennsylvania 
College/University
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 
College/University

Organizational Responsibility

Responsible Mission Directorate:

Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

Lead Center:

Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Responsible Program:

Human Research Program

Project Management

Program Executive:

  • Stephen Davison

Program Manager:

  • William Paloski

Project Manager:

  • Lauren Leveton

Principal Investigator:

  • David Dinges

Co-Investigator:

  • Mathias Basner

Project Technology Areas

Primary:

  • Human Health, Life Support, and Habitation Systems (TA 6)
    • Human Health and Performance (TA 6.3)
    • Behavioral Health (TA 6.3.3)
    • Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT) (TA 6.3.3.1)

Project Duration

Start Date: Aug 2008

End Date: Mar 2017

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15 Peer Reviewed Papers

17 Publications

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