Psychological Mechanisms That Exacerbate Motion Sickness

  • Thomas G. DobieEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Shipbuilding and Shipping book series (NAMESS, volume 6)


From the beginning of my research into motion sickness in the military, I have believed that there must be a psychological component in the aetiology of this malady. I have based this opinion on the notion that individuals whose careers are in jeopardy are most likely to have an arousal overlay when confronted with their provocative motion environment. This is also likely to happen to the majority of people outside the military if previous motion experiences have been uncomfortable. That does not mean to infer that motion sickness is entirely “psychological.” It merely suggests that the psychological component, based on memories of previous motion discomfort and/or the effect that motion sickness may have on future aspirations, contribute to an individual’s inability to adapt to provocative motion. In addition, I also believe that the situation is made worse for high achievers, as we shall see later.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Biodynamics Laboratory, College of EngineeringUniversity of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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