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Photo of Malcolm Cohen MALCOLM COHEN

Dr. Malcolm M. Cohen is a specialist in human perceptual and behavioral adaptation to unusual environments. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, and his MA and PhD in Physiological and Experimental Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. At Ames since 1982, Dr. Cohen previously was Assistant Chief of the Biomedical Research Division, and Chief of the Neuroscience Branch; he is currently a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Gravitational Research Branch of the Life Sciences Division, and Science Director of the Ames 20-G Centrifuge Facility.

In addition to his duties with NASA, Dr. Cohen is a consulting Associate Professor in the Human Biology Program at Stanford University, where he teaches and coordinates a course in Astrobiology and Space Exploration. Dr. Cohen has presented and published more than 100 papers in the general areas of human aerospace physiology and psychology.

He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, and is the recipient of the 1985 Environmental Science Award, and the 1989 Raymond F. Longacre Award for outstanding accomplishment in the Psychological aspects of Aerospace Medicine. He received a Leadership and Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 1989, and was named as a senior member of the AIAA in 1995. In 1994, he was awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow and Past-President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association. His other professional affiliations include membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society of the Sigma Xi.

Dr. Cohen's research is largely concerned with human perception and motor performance, particularly as they are altered by exposure to the unusual environmental conditions encountered in aircraft and spacecraft. His studies generally involve the systematic alteration of the visual and/or gravitational-inertial field in which human subjects perform. Centrifugation, water immersion, and altered visual stimuli are frequently used to determine how human oculomotor control, perception, and perceptual-motor behavior depend on the environment, to delineate the range over which normal functioning remains unaffected by specific environmental parameters, and to develop quantitative models that describe and predict how oculomotor control, perception and perceptual-motor behavior are altered by systematic changes of the environment.

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