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Episode 34: Psychology in Extreme Environments

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Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere haul sledges towards the South Pole in 2013

Nathan Smith talks about the psychology of exploration, specifically the psychology of performance in extreme environments. Smith worked closely with polar explorer Ben Saunders as he attempted to ski to the South Pole and back unassisted in 2013: a recreation of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic 1911 Terra Nova Expedition in which Scott and his party died on their return journey across the Ross Ice Shelf. Smith helped establish the research module on Extreme Medicine at the University of Exeter and worked as a senior research scientist within the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Nathan Smith

Links

The Expedition Psychology Project (includes Smith bibliography)

In Extremis

Ben Saunders’ Website

The Scott Expedition

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