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Exploring neural and peripheral physiological correlates of simulator sickness

: Tauscher, J.-P.; Witt, A.; Bosse, S.; Schottky, F.W.; Grogorick, S.; Castillo, S.; Magnor, M.

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Computer animation & virtual worlds : CAVW 31 (2020), Nr.4-5, Art. e1953, 11 S.
ISSN: 1546-4261
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer HHI ()

This article investigates neural and physiological correlates of simulator sickness (SS) through a controlled experiment conducted within a fully immersive dome projection system. Our goal is to establish a reliable, objective, and in situ measurable predictive indicator of SS. SS is a problem common to all types of visual simulators consisting of motion sickness‐like symptoms that may be experienced while and after being exposed to a dynamic, immersive visualization. It leads to ethical concerns and impaired validity of simulator‐based research. Due to the popularity of virtual reality devices, the number of people exposed to this problem is increasing and, therefore, it is crucial to find reliable predictors of this condition before any symptoms appear. Despite its relevance and the several theories about its origins, SS cannot yet be quantitatively modeled and predicted. Our results indicate that, while neural correlates did not materialize, physiological measures may be a solid early indicator of oncoming SS.