May 16, 2015

Alleviating simulator sickness with galvanic cutaneous stimulation

Human Factors
Germán Gálvez-GarcíaCatherine Gabaude


In a driving simulation, we investigated the efficacy of galvanic cutaneous stimulation (GCS) provided during curves or intermittently during the whole circuit to mitigate simulator syndrome (SS). The literature on how GCS decreases SS, although scarce, has demonstrated the effectiveness of this technique. Stimulation with this and similar techniques has usually been provided in curves or continuously during the whole circuit but never intermittently. This stimulation method could generate a continued activation of processes related to GCS mitigating SS. Fifteen drivers (8 men; mean age = 25.5 years) participated in this experiment. We compared the total scores of the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ) across three stimulation conditions: (a) curve GCS condition, whereby GCS was provided in curves; (b) intermittent GCS condition, whereby GCS was provided intermittently during the whole circuit; and (c) no-stimulation condition, whereby no stimulation was provided (baseline condition). The experimental outcomes revealed that GCS decreased SS in both the curve and intermittent stimulation conditions. We provide evidence that GCS is an effective countermeasure to decrease SS. It could be applied indifferently in curves or inte...Continue Reading

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In Silico
Factitious Skin Disease
Stimulation Test
Automobile Driving
Skin Physiological Phenomena
Cutaneous Stimulation
Drivers of Vehicles

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