Accession Number:

ADA053270

Title:

Normative Data for Two Short Tests of Motion Reactivity.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

1977-12-13

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

Reports of airsickness during aviation training are common, but many individuals experience only minor problems on a few flights. Unfortunately, severe airsickness continues in some individuals even after extensive flight training. A similar range of differences in individual reactivity to whole-body motion has been exhibited during brief exposures to motion in laboratory testing. To the extent that these reactions reflect the degree of adjustment that will be required of different individuals in flight, laboratory measures of such reactions may prove useful in training as well as in selection. This report describes normative data for nonpilot flight officer candidates on two laboratory tests of motion reactivity. The potential utility of the Brief Vestibular Disorientation Test and the Visual-Vestibular Interaction Test lies in identifying extremely motion sickness susceptible individuals. These individuals may have such strong reactions to motion stimuli that their success in aviation training is questionable. The highest 1 or 2 percent of rater scores can conservatively be described as representing extreme reactions to these motion stimuli, and may be predictive of difficulty in aviation training. Individuals exhibiting a strong motion reactivity on several screening tests may be more effectively trained if their initial exposures to flight are tailored to avoid sickness. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE