Expedition and Adventure Psychology Project

Understanding how people prepare for, perform in and benefit from challenging environments.

    About this project

    Dr Emma Barret and Dr Nathan Smith, the scientists behind the Expedition and Adventure Psychology Project, are researching how people prepare for, adapt to, and perform in harsh, unforgiving and often dangerous places. The aim of their research is to help people understand and cope with the hardships and maximise the positive aspects of expedition-going.


    What activities count as "an expedition"? Whether you are planning your first expedition or you’re an expedition veteran there are opportunities for you to participate in this research. Everyone has a different conception of what an expedition is. For some it might be wild camping in the UK for a week, for others it is a several-month trip to the Himalaya. For the purpose of this research project, expedition is defined as a trip of at least 7 days, self-supported, and include an organised journey between two or more locations – that could be from a basecamp to a summit, or from a start to end location.


    You can join the Expedition and Adventure Psychology Participant Pool (EAP3) via the project website. Research studies may include interviews, surveys or questionnaires. If you want to carry out research during an expedition, this might involve you and your team mates filling in short ‘daily diary’ sheets, or – if conditions allow – recording video entries