Monitoring Stress

ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA, USA


Dr. Asaf Caspi

Defying Gravity – Monitoring Stress and Stress Interventions for Private Space Travelers

Development of emotional distress throughout space travelers' journey to outer space and back to earth poses a risk on their well-being. Conventional methods for stress monitoring using physiological metrics is challenging in space, as it divers due to expected physiological adaptation to microgravity.

Our study assessed space travelers' emotional states measured using vital signs, cognitive functions, motor performance, sleep patterns, and sensorial auditory and visual functions- using wearable and a mobile application. The monitoring findings will be compared with journey stressors events and resilience enhancing moments to provide a suitable tool for remote stress monitoring in space and distress prevention.


P.I: Dr. Asaf Caspi, M.D. Director of Psychiatry department A, ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

Prof. George Brainard, PhD. Department of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University

Prof. John Hanifin, PhD, Department of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University

Prof. Yael Henkin, PhD, Director of The Hearing, Speech & Language Center, Sheba MC

Dr. Harel Baris, MD, ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

Ms. Iris shtein, ARC Innovation Center, Sheba MC

And with the support of:

Prof. Zvi Grunwald, Executive Director, The Jefferson Israel Center, The James D. Wentzler Professor and Emeritus Chair of Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. Prof. Grunwald leads the Rakia Space Project at Thomas Jefferson University, and leading the collaboration between the Sheba and Jefferson scientists.

Dr. Limor Caspi, M.D. Director of the psychiatric clinic Sheba

Ms. Rachel Kaplan, Clinical psychology supervisor

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