Simulator sickness during driving simulation studies

Accid Anal Prev. 2010 May;42(3):788-96. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2009.04.013.


While driving simulators are a valuable tool for assessing multiple dimensions of driving performance under relatively safe conditions, researchers and practitioners must be prepared for participants that suffer from simulator sickness. This paper describes multiple theories of motion sickness and presents a method for assessing and reacting to simulator sickness symptoms. Results showed that this method identified individuals who were unable to complete a driving simulator study due to simulator sickness with greater than 90% accuracy and that older participants had a greater likelihood of simulator sickness than younger participants. Possible explanations for increased symptoms experienced by older participants are discussed as well as implications for research ethics and simulator sickness prevention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Automobile Driving*
  • Automobiles*
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Eye Movements
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motion Sickness / etiology*
  • Posture
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult