School of Kinesiology doctoral candidate Hannah Walter lead authored the article, “Unstable coupling of body sway with imposed motion precedes visually induced motion sickness,” published in Human Movement Science. Walter is an advisee of Thomas Stoffregen, PhD, professor and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). Stoffregen co-authored this article with Walter along with APAL members Ruixan Li, PhD, doctoral candidates Justin Munafo and Chris Curry, and School of Kinesiology graduate student Nicolette Peterson.
This new research exposes participants to both body sway and imposed oscillatory motion of the illuminated environment in order to examine whether individual differences in such coupling might be precursors of motion sickness. Results revealed that people can couple the complex dynamics of body sway with complex imposed motion, and that differences in the nature of this coupling are related to the risk of motion sickness. Read the full study here.