Correlates of military tank simulator sickness

Y. Lerman, G. Sadovsky, E. Goldberg, R. Kedem, E. Peritz, A. Pines

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Abstract

A military tank driving simulator is currently widely used as a training aid for tank drivers. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between possible correlates of simulator sickness and the occurrence of sickness and performance test results among simulator drivers. The average number of motion sickness-like symptoms reported after driving the simulator among subjects with a history of susceptibility to motion sickness was 3.4, significantly higher than the average of 1.6 reported among subjects who did not report previous susceptibility to motion sickness (p < 0.05). Subjects driving the simulator while screen image quality was disturbed had a longer reaction time (42.0 s) than when driving the simulator without screen interferences (18.4 s, p = 0.001). Subjects driving the simulator for a short period had the same number of symptoms as did those driving for a longer period, but had better digit symbol test results. There was no statistically significant association between the development of sickness and tank driving experience. Suggested countermeasures are expected to prevent simulator sickness among some of the simulator trainees and to make simulator training more effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-622
Number of pages4
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Volume64
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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