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What’s the Expedition Psychology Project?
We’re researching how people prepare for, adapt to, and perform in harsh, unforgiving and often dangerous places. The overarching aim of our research is to help people understand and cope with the hardships and maximise the positive aspects of expedition-going. Click on the picture to find out more.
How can I get involved?
Whether you are planning your first expedition or you’re an expedition veteran we’ve got opportunities for you to participate in research. Click on the picture above to register for the Expedition and Adventure Psychology Participant Pool.
What does being a member of EP3 involve?
It depends on the study! Research studies may include interviews, surveys or questionnaires. If you want to carry out research during an expedition, this might involve you and your team mates filling in short ‘daily diary’ sheets, or – if conditions allow – recording video entries. Click on the picture to find out more.
Who are the researchers?
Emma Barrett is Professor of Psychology, Security and Trust at University of Manchester, and Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University. Dr Nathan Smith is Research Associate , Psychology, Security and Trust at University of Manchester. Click on the picture to find out more.
After a successful pilot study this summer, in November 2017 we launched a new project on team cohesion in extreme and difficult environments. The research is part of Olivia Brown’s doctoral research (under the supervision of Dr Emma Barrett). We’re looking for teams planning expeditions departing between December 2017 and September 2019. The expedition should Read more about New project – team cohesion in extreme environments[…]
We’re delighted to be partnering with Voluntary Service Overseas on a new project to understand the experiences of volunteers on development projects with International Citizen Service (ICS). ICS is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds, funded by the Department for International Development, led by VSO in partnership with seven other charitable development organisations. Read more about New project – Experiences of volunteers with International Citizen Service[…]
Nathan and Emma are looking forward to being at the Women’s Adventure Expo in Bristol on Saturday 8 October. We’ll be signing people up for the Expedition Psychology Participant Pool (EP3) and enjoying the amazing array of talks that the organisers have lined up. Come and say hi!
Nathan is first author on a new study, published today in Environment and Behaviour. Here’s the abstract: Results from previous studies suggest that stressful environmental conditions such as those faced on expedition may result in psychological growth. Building on previous research, the present cross-sectional study examined the role of personality and perceived stress in relation Read more about Reported Growth Following Mountaineering Expeditions[…]