Sep 1, 1978

Motion sickness: Some theoretical and practical considerations

Applied Ergonomics
J Reason


This paper reviews some of the more important theoretical and practical considerations relating to the widespread problem of motion sickness. A brief outline is given of the sensory rearrangement theory which seeks to define the essential nature of the nauseogenic stimulus. A wide range of provocative situations is classified as involving either a visual-inertial conflict, or a canal-otolith conflict or both. A number of behavioural measures by which the passenger can minimise the risk of motion sickness are described. Also considered are quantitative studies of vertical oscillatory motion, factors influencing motion sickness susceptibility (sex, age, exposure-history, receptivity and adpatability and personality characteristics), and the paper concludes with recommendations regarding the most effective use of anti-motion sickness drugs.

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