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Jason Kring

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 74: Human Performance in Extreme Environments

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Human Performance in Extreme Environments
Human performance in extreme environments

For many of us, modern conveniences provide a comfortable and relatively stable environment in our homes and places of work. Heating and air conditioning, electrical lighting, and enclosed structures help to maintain temperature, illumination, and air quality within ranges that are near perfect and maximize our health and productivity. However, a small number of people choose to live and work under less than ideal conditions, pursuing occupations and recreational activities in complex, challenging, and often dangerous environments that push the human body to its limits. This chapter explores these environments and the unique physiological and behavioral adaptations necessary to preserve the well-being of those living and working on the edge. I define extreme environments (EEs) as ...

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