Antarctic – Coping in Extreme Physical Environments

Exploring the potential of the human mind and body

Psychological Hibernation in Antarctica” provides an exciting insight into coping with stress in one of the most challenging environments on earth. Individuals wintering in the Antarctic experience social and physical challenges, and severe sleep disruption, often resulting in a state of psychological hibernation. Emotional flatness and the avoidance of stimulation requires further study to better understand potential responses to urgent situations, and the impact on managing safety-critical equipment or scenarios.

Sandal, G. M., Devijver, F. J., & Smith, N. (2018). Psychological Hibernation in Antarctica. Frontiers in Psychology,9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02235