The implementation of game in a 20-day head-down tilting bed rest experiment upon mood status and neurotic levels of rest subjects

Yuko Ishizaki, Hideoki Fukuoka, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Hidetaka Tanaka, Hiromi Ishitobi

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effect of the implementation of game on mental health among participants in a bed rest (BR) experiment. Subjects were 12 healthy males aged 20-26, who participated in a 20-day 6-degrees head-down tilting BR experiment. The participants were asked to complete psychometrical questionnaires before, during, and after the experiment. We entrusted the participants to manage their leisure time and they intended a game in which all of them could take part over the experiment period. The general conversation and light-hearted mood among the subjects continued during the experimental period. Longitudinal data analysis showed that levels of neurosis and mood status did not deteriorate during the experiment, while our previous experiments, which were performed under the same protocol as this study except for the implementation of the game showed a distinct deterioration in psychosocial status. We consider that the implementation of game autonomously contributes to the positive effects on the mental health among the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-952
Number of pages8
JournalActa Astronautica
Volume55
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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