space

I was busy with research on divers in 1977 when a call came out from the European Space Agency. They were looking for simple experiments that astronauts could perform under microgravity in the first Spacelab Mission, scheduled for 1980.

This seemed like an interesting...

Dr Sarita Robinson is Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire. We spoke to her about her chapter in the new collection edited by Travis Langley, Doctor Who Psychology.

In psychological...

The ‘overview effect’ is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often when viewing the earth from orbit. The term, coined by Frank White in 1987, has inspired psychologists such as Nick Kanas....

At the Science Museum’s spectacular IMAX cinema, the inherent psychological, biological and sensory challenges of human space flight were up for discussion thanks to a collaboration between the UK Space Agency and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). With...

At first sight, Arrival is another alien-contact movie, with spectacular computer effects giving magical images and lots of military huffing and puffing in the background. But this one is more interesting than average,...

‘Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever’. – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 1911

Featuring prominently in the Science Museum ‘Cosmonauts’, that quote, from the Russian physicist and theoretical father of rocketry, captures the sense of...

What would you say to an alien?
Editor Jon Sutton meets Doug Vakoch, clinical psychologist and the Director of...

How can researchers educate their guesses about human responses to extraterrestrial life? The analysis of precedents and prototypes is one prominent strategy.

Prototypes are situations and events that with varying degrees of convincingness approximate different contact...

It is a pretty safe bet that virtually every reader of this article has heard of, and possibly even seen, Steven Spielberg’s 1977 blockbuster UFO movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. However, I suspect that most readers are not entirely sure what the film’s title really...

Beyond the Borg
Alan Redman, Occupational Psychologist, Criterion Partnership

If I’m going to out myself as a science fiction fan in front of the rest of my profession I might as well do it properly. That means turning to what is...