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Suedfeld, Peter
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Core Area(s): Cognitive Science, Social/Personality

Biographical Sketch & Research Interests
The effects of challenging and stressful environments and experiences on psychological processes and behaviour, including coping, positive and negative outcomes, and both short- and long-term aftereffects. Examples of the environments and experiences studied are: living and working in extreme and unusual situations such as space vehicles and polar stations; isolation and confinement; high-level political and military decision-making; surviving genocide and persecution.

Courses Taught
PSYC 547 Environmental Psychology, PSYC 529 Political Psychology and Psychological Aspects of Genocide

Representative Publications
Isolated, Confined, and Extreme Environments

Suedfeld, P., Legkaia, K., & Brcic, J. (2010). Changes in the hierarchy of value references associated with flying in space. Journal of Personality, 78, 1712-1734.
Suedfeld, P. (2010). Historical space psychology: Early terrestrial explorations as Mars analogues. Planetary and Space Science, 58, 639-645.
Vartanian, O., & Suedfeld, P. (2011). The effect of the flotation version of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST) on jazz improvisation. Music and Medicine, 3, 234-238.
Suedfeld, P., Brcic, J., Johnson, P.J., & Gushin, V. (2012). Personal growth following long-duration spaceflight. Acta Astronautica, 79, 118-123.
Suedfeld, P. (2012). Extreme and unusual environments: Challenges and responses. In S. Clayton (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology (pp. 348-371). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Political Psychology

Suedfeld, P. (2007). Torture, interrogation, security, and psychology: Absolutistic versus complex thinking. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 7, 1-9.
Suedfeld, P., & Jhangiani, R. (2009). Cognitive management in an enduring international rivalry: The case of India and Pakistan. Political Psychology, 30, 937-951.
Suedfeld, P. (2010). The cognitive processing of politics and politicians: Archival studies of conceptual and integrative complexity. Journal of Personality, 78, 1669-1702.
Suedfeld, P., Cross, R.W., & Brcic, J. (2011). Two years of ups and downs: Barack Obama’s patterns of integrative complexity, motive imagery, and values. Political Psychology, 32, 1007-1033.
Stewart, M.R., & Suedfeld, P. (2012, in press). Psychological concomitants and predictors of violence during political upheaval in Zimbabwe: A content analysis study. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.

Genocide and Persecution

Suedfeld, P., Soriano, E., McMurtry, D.L., Paterson, H., Weiszbeck, T.L., & Krell, R. (2005). Erikson's "Components of a healthy personality" among Holocaust survivors immediately and forty years after the war. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 60(3), 229-248.
Cassel, L., & Suedfeld, P. (2006). Salutogenesis and autobiographical disclosure among Holocaust survivors. Journal of Positive Psychology, 1(4), 212-225.
Suedfeld, P., & de Best, S. (2008). Value hierarchies of Holocaust rescuers and resistance fighters. Genocide Studies and Prevention, 3, 31-42.

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