Earlier today, I read that the Mars One mission has narrowed its potential list of candidates down to 100 people.
The MO team seem to be mostly those with experience in marketing, communications, enterprise, physics and medicine. Those in advisory roles are more so from scientific background. As an aside, one bloke is listed as an expert in space law - how cool is that? Call in Capt. Jean Luc Picard.
Anyway, this got me thinking about the psychological dynamics and issues that might come into play in this sort of setting. Or rather, the level of psychological preparedness that might be required before hand. Presumably, professional astronauts are screened pretty closely at all stages of training. I read an interview with Commander Chris Hadfield who said he learned some basic medical skills in an A&E department and I'd imagine coping skills have to come into things, too. No doubt that NASA has a few psychologists attached to its operations. A quick search brings up an old interview with Katie Olsen who is a behavioral neuroendocrinologist and the piece gives some idea of what factors come into play. More recently, Kathryn Keeton gives some information in her bio.
Space must bring up all sorts of potential issues - isolation, limited ability to move around, personality clashes, extended periods of time away from typical social connections, down time, crew safety and risk, etc.
For those of you with more in-depth knowledge of psychology, how would these or other issues be assessed in screening? Here are some of the characteristics that MO are looking for. Undoubtedly there are lessons that can be learned from previous space flights and military applications, though I think MO comes from the civilian world.
Maybe I should go off and read this.