For several years, we've been studying teams as they live and work together in confined environments with little or no physical contact with "outsiders."
For example, we've gathered data from teams that lived in a small simulated space habitat in Houston at NASA for 45 days, and from deep sea saturation dive teams in the Bay of Bengal as they lived in and conducted dives from a small hyperbaric chamber for 28 days at a time. We also studied a crew that lived in physical isolation on the side of a volcano in Hawaii for 8 months, and teams of astronauts during week-long undersea training missions off the coast of Florida. In several of our studies, team members shared with us the biggest work and personal challenges they faced each day and how they and their team responded to those challenges. Meanwhile, we monitored their resilience and cohesion. As you can imagine, what we found is quite interesting.