May 25, 2018

Modulation of Excitability in the Temporoparietal Junction Relieves Virtual Reality Sickness

Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
Naoyuki TakeuchiShin-Ichi Izumi

Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) immersion often provokes subjective discomfort and postural instability, so called VR sickness. The neural mechanism of VR sickness is speculated to be related to visual-vestibular information mismatch and/or postural instability. However, the approaches proposed to relieve VR sickness through modulation of brain activity are poorly understood. Using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), we aimed to investigate whether VR sickness could be relieved by the modulation of cortical excitability in the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), which is known to be involved in processing of both vestibular and visual information. Twenty healthy subjects received tDCS over right TPJ before VR immersion. The order of the three types of tDCS (anodal, cathodal, and sham) was counterbalanced across subjects. We evaluated the subjective symptoms, heart rate, and center of pressure at baseline, after tDCS, and after VR immersion. VR immersion using head-mounted displays provoked subjective discomfort and postural instability. However, anodal tDCS over right TPJ ameliorated subjective disorientation symptoms and postural instability induced by VR immersion compared with sham condition. The amelioration of VR sickness by ...Continue Reading

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Laboratory Procedures
Salicylhydroxamic acid
Auditory Association Cortex
Research Subject
Virtual Reality, Educational
Wernicke Aphasia
Orthostasis
Wernicke Area
Right
Sensory Discomfort

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