Ruth Rath, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, and Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, have written an article on posture and aging to be published in EBioMedicine, a journal that specializes in publishing research and commentary on translational medicine. The title of the article is, “The two faces of postural control in older adults: Stability and Function.”
Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed about his research related to motion sickness and virtual reality for the March 18 edition of ScienceNews. A number of researchers believe that sensory mismatch is to blame for the motion sickness that can be present with virtual reality use, but Stoffregen believes that instability is the culprit. The full article can be accessed here.
While peer-reviewed, the article was invited as part of a special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems, by James J. Gibson, one of the foundational statements of the Ecological Approach to Perception and Action.
Dr. Mantel is on the faculty at the University of Caen, while Dr. Bardy is on the faculty at the University of Montpellier, both in France.
The data were collected aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson in January 2016 after the researchers had endured 48 hours of hurricane conditions. The video below shows hurricane force winds in the Pacific Northwest, January 12, 2016, as seen from the main deck starboard portal of a US scientific research vessel transiting from Seattle to San Diego.
Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed for an article in the online publication Inverse on the issue of virtual reality systems (VR) causing motion sickness, which appears to affect women in disproportionate numbers.
In the article,”Playstation VR Has a Short Woman Problem,” Stoffregen says: “I don’t think that this design is intentional, but it just so happens that the design of these systems push the instability buttons on some sorts of bodies. They tend to affect shorter bodies with a lower center of mass. That is to say, females.”
He goes on to say that the issue could create future legal problems for the industry. Read the full article here.
“Passive restraint can reduce visually induced motion sickness in older adults,” by Behrang Keshavarz, Alison Novak, Lawrence Hettinger, Jennifer Campos andThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.,has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Pyschology: Applied.
Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has been appointed to the Scientific Merit Review Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a 4-year term. Dr. Wade will serve on the Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Study section.
The board gives advice and evaluation of research grants that are supported by VA research funds.
“VR companies need to stop looking at this as an issue of technology design,” Stoffregen states in the article. “It’s an issue of how the user and the technology interact.” He adds: “First off, companies need to recognize that their products are sexist. Not sexist by intent; rather, sexist in their effects.”
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Justin Munafo, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology advised by Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has accepted a two-year position working at Google in Mountain View, CA. His title is Researcher III, and he will be conducting experiments with a driving simulator to inform design decisions for Google Maps and related applications. The position begins August 15. He will be working at Google through Adecco, a hiring agency.