10 August: Fascinate and research
This is the last day before the first big report session. All scientific departments should present their results. This was the reason why Irina Porokhina, MA student, Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology, woke up in the morning and thought that the psychological department needed to be excluded from the landing party. Irina and Anastasia had to spend the landing time analyzing collected data while the other members of the expedition would carry out their research near the meteorological station at Sopochnaya Karga.
The plan failed. High waves and winds up to 17 mps prevented us from landing and became an obstacle on scientists’ way to the land. By that moment the RV Professor Molchanov had already got over more than 1500 sea miles and set course for the Kara Sea.
Due to the landing cancellation we returned to the lectures. However rising storm made our work more problematic.
- I am really a bad sailor, that’s why during tossing I eat nothing and try to keep something in my stomach, - said Irina. – This makes my work too difficult. I talk with 1-2 people then I go to my cabin and lie down. It is the only way to continue working. The second option, that I find more suitable, is that people come to us, because moving between cabins on the vessel is our biggest problem. But we manage to do our work in time.
So the cabin of Irina and Anastasia has become a real psychologist office with a sign saying “Psychologists Irina and Anastasia. Welcome”. But the sign is not enough.
- Today we have cleaned our cabin: vacuumed the deck, gave the room a dust. Our cabin should be clean and cosy so that people like visiting us again and again. We are glad to see everybody.
The comfort plays a significant role in the work of a psychologist and it does not mean only a clean cabin. Comfortable communication is vital for fruitful research. It is very important to get into contact when you first meet people, ask to participate in the research, explain your aims.
- If you make a good impression, the work becomes much easier. They know who we are and look forward to talking with us.
Irina's work consists in describing working conditions on board the vessel, how people cope with negative impacts of special living conditions. As a result of their research they hope to define some characteristics useful to overcome negative working conditions and life activity. Simply speaking, young psychologists will determine what has positive and what has negative impacts on people onboard the vessel. Another task of their research is functional state monitoring. They ask us to fill out a questionnaire every two days to form a dynamic curve of people’s state. As a result of this work they will determine both objective and subjective impacts on our physical and psychological health during the expedition.
After ten days of the expedition they met the first problem:
- When people do the same test every two days they get bored and we hear things like: "Oh, my God! I have already done it!”, “Is it the same?". But the most difficult period comes at the end of the expedition. Everybody will be preparing for the final report session and we will divert them from their work. This is the time to smile, beg and use female guiles to make our work done.
Today girls have collected all data and made a report. Tomorrow they will work on their presentation for the report session.
The other departments also have been working all day and spent the evening relaxing and playing Monopoly.