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Effect of a novel motion desensitization training regime and controlled breathing on habituation to motion sickness

Yen Pik Sang, Fleur and Billar, Jessica and Gresty, Michael A. and Golding, John F. (2005) Effect of a novel motion desensitization training regime and controlled breathing on habituation to motion sickness. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 18 (1). pp. 29-34. ISSN 0031-5125

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Abstract

To study whether controlled breathing, known to ameliorate motion sickness, speeds habituation to nauseogenic motion when used in a novel accelerated training regime, 30 participants (13 men, 17 women, ages 18-51 years) were randomized to either a Breathing group or a Control group. Randomization was balanced for rotation tolerance measured during a first exposure to off-vertical axis rotation (OVAR 72°sec.-1). Participants subsequently received four exposures to OVAR in 1-hr. (accelerated training). The Breathing group followed taped instructions to control their breathing during training and when retested the next day. There was overall habituation with stimulus repetition, shown by an increase in tolerance for motion, a reduction in symptoms, and speeded recovery times on retesting. There was a tendency for greater habituation with controlled breathing.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:1760
Deposited On:02 Jun 2006
Last Modified:04 Nov 2009 12:16

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