Narrative psychological content analysis as a tool for psychological status monitoring of crews in isolated, confined and extreme settings

B. Ehmann, L. Balázs, É Fülöp, R. Hargitai, P. Kabai, B. Péley, T. Pólya, A. Vargha, J. László

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This paper is about a pilot application of narrative psychological content analysis in the psychological status monitoring of Crew 71 of a space analog simulation environment, the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). Both the method and its theoretical framework, Scientific Narrative Psychology, are original developments by Hungarian psychologists [5] (László, 2008). The software was NooJ, a multilingual linguistic development environment [11] (Silberztein, 2008). Three measures were conceptualized and assessed: emotional status, team spirit and subjective physical comfort. The results showed the patterns of these three measures on a daily basis at group level, and allowed for detecting individual differences as well. The method is adaptable to languages involved in space psychology, e.g. Russian, French and German in addition to English.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1560-1566
Number of pages7
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2011



  • Narrative psychological content analysis
  • NooJ
  • Scientific narrative psychology
  • Space analog simulation

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  • Aerospace Engineering

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