3D sickness, cybersickness, VR sickness, simulator sickness

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 30 01:19:12 UTC 2012

Interesting.  My wife has a condition called BPPV, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, and when we went to see Hugo we were worried she might not be able to manage the experience.  But her only real problem was with the 3D action movies that were being previewed (interminably, it seemed), everything from a Star Wars 3D remake to a Titanic 3D remake to some new movies, none of which seemed like they'd be a major sacrifice to give up.  She deliberately avoided Avatar when that came out, but Hugo turned out not to pose any real problems, and she felt it was definitely worth seeing, 3D and all.  So at least for some people with some forms of vertigo, this 3D sickness isn't brought on automatically by watching movies that use the technology, but depends on how they use it.  (We did notice that taking off the glasses and watching doesn't work.  And yes, I know Hugo was released in 2D versions too, but it would be a shame to miss the full experience, assuming it doesn't make you !


On Jan 29, 2012, at 3:52 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:

> The title of this post contains terms that refer to the nausea
> experienced when the visual system (especially the stereopsis system)
> is artificially manipulated. Some simulators can move you in physical
> space while displaying video streams. These systems manipulate the
> vestibular system and the visual system.
> The latest attempt to popularize 3D-movies has caused the term
> 3D-sickness to circulate more widely.
> 3D Sickness: 3D movies make me sick...literally!
> http://www.squidoo.com/3dsickness
> Here are some examples of other types of sickness. I have not tried to
> find early examples.
> Can your eyes make you sick?: Investigating the Relationship between
> the Vestibulo-ocular Reflex and Virtual Reality by Mark H. Draper
> Date: 29 Apr 1996
> http://www.hitl.washington.edu/publications/r-96-3/
> [Begin excerpt]
> 3.0 Speculations on the Visual and Vestibular System Contributions to
> Simulator Sickness
> First a brief overview of the concept and characteristics of simulator
> sickness will be presented. Second the sensory conflict theory will be
> offered as a potential link between the visual and vestibular systems
> and simulator sickness, followed by a discussion of other possible
> contributions that these systems may offer to understanding the nature
> of simulator sickness. Lastly an annotated list will be presented of
> current-technology virtual interface artifacts that may also
> contribute to simulator sickness, along with the associated rationale.
> [End excerpt]
> The Virtual Reality Gorilla-Rhino Test by Ernest Adams
> Gamasutra
> Date: August 14, 1998
> http://www.designersnotebook.com/Columns/010_The_VR_Gorilla-Rhino_Test/010_the_vr_gorilla-rhino_test.htm
> [Begin excerpt]
> One of the worst of these is "VR sickness," essentially identical to
> motion sickness. VR sickness is caused by a number of factors.
> [End excerpt]
> http://www.cybersickness.org/what_is_sickness.asp
> [Begin excerpt]
> What is cybersickness?
> Cybersickness is a term to describe motion sickness experienced by
> users of head-steered Virtual Reality systems (McCauley and Sharkey,
> 1992 in PRESENCE ). In a typical Virtual Environment, users often view
> moving scenes while they remain physically stationary. This situation
> can cause a compelling sense of self motion (called vection). Examples
> of cybersickness symptoms include nausea, eye strain,and dizziness.
> [End excerpt]
> http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/01/post_4.html
> [Begin excerpt]
> That cognitive dissonance adds to the confusion created by viewing
> these things and can, in the case of interactive applications
> (simulators) lead to "cyber-sickness"--very much like sea-sickness.
> [End excerpt]
> The OED has motion sickness with a cite in 1881. The 1995 cite does
> not contain the term "VR sickness" but that is the theme.
> OED: motion sickness n. nausea and malaise, sometimes proceeding to
> vomiting and prostration, induced by motion (or simulated motion),
> esp. during travel by boat, plane, or automobile.
> 1995    Guardian 30 Mar. (Online Suppl.) 3/5   The artificiality of VR
> scenes causes nausea and motion sickness in 60 per cent of users.
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