Exploring Behavioral Methods to Reduce Visually Induced Motion Sickness in Virtual Environments

  • Behrang KeshavarzEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9740)


The use of Virtual Environments (VE) is continuously growing and is becoming more important for research, rehabilitation, and entertainment. Unfortunately, visually induced motion sickness (VIMS) is still a major issue and a common side-effect of VEs. The symptom cluster of VIMS is multifaceted and can include oculomotor issues, fatigue, disorientation, dizziness, and/or nausea. Over the past decades, several different remedies for VIMS have been introduced and tested with mixed results. The present paper will summarize some of the most promising countermeasures, with a particular focus on behavioral techniques. This will include a discussion of adaptation and training, postural stability, and factors that make a VE experience more pleasant. Despite the existence and the success of some of these methods, it is highly desirable to continue exploring techniques that will ultimately guarantee the well-being and safety of VE users in the future.


Simulator sickness Motion sickness Vection Prevention Countermeasures Sensory conflict Postural stability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health NetworkTorontoCanada

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