Nicolette Peterson and Anna Solfest, both undergraduate students in the School of Kinesiology, participated in today’s 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the U of M.
Christopher Curry, School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student and member of APAL, has accepted a summer position as a graduate research intern in the Physical Ergonomics/Human Factors research department at the Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, Chris will be part of a team working to improve medical device ergonomics, teamwork, health care ergonomics and lean health care systems. Chris’s Ph.D. adviser is Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.
An online publication for the cruising set, To See the Sea, features an interview with Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and researcher on motion sickness. Stoffregen discusses his fascination as a boy in the 1960s with astronauts and space travel, including the phenomenon of motion sickness (which afflicts many astronauts in space), and how it led him to the research he is doing today.
Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perceptual-Action Laboratory, was interviewed by the online publication PsyPost on his research relating to the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. His study, conducted with Kinesiology Ph.D. student Justin Munafo and U of M undergraduate honors student Meg Diedrick, indicates that using the headset can cause motion sickness, and that women are more likely to experience this effect than men. Stoffregen says, “As interactive devices increasingly pervade the lives of ordinary people, motion sickness related to these technologies becomes more and more common. The problem is getting worse, not better.”
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.