Dr. Suedfeld’s research spans three major areas:
Environmental Psychology: adaptations to, coping with, and long-term consequences of extreme environments. Some of the individuals and groups studied (in the field, archival analysis, questionnaire and interview) include polar and space voyagers, political prisoners, holocaust survivors, slaves and combat soldiers;
Cognitive Psychology: high-level decision making and problem solving under stress. One ongoing study is analyzing the speeches and writings of Canadian Prime Ministers to assess cognitive and motivational characteristics related to success in that position;
Political Psychology: how people perceive and think about historical/political scenarios e.g., the two World Wars, religious and ethnic conflicts.