Adaptation to Provocative Motion

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


The question of adaptation is a key issue in dealing with motion sickness. It is generally accepted that most people should be capable of adapting to provocative motion. In that case, why do so many people suffer from chronic motion sickness? As I have said in the previous chapter, I believe that this is due to a psychological component based upon unpleasant motion responses in the past; perhaps as a result of individual motion experiences from a young age. Early and continued exposure to provocative motion may either sensitise a person or allow that person to adapt. This will depend upon the duration, character and frequency of exposure to whatever form of motion. In a sense it may be entirely fortuitous and depend on social and/or geographical circumstances. I shall return to this question later in Chap.  12, when discussing cognitive-behavioural training.


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

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