Accession Number : AD0699168

Title :   ADAPTATION TO CORIOLIS ACCELERATIONS: ITS TRANSFER TO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF ROTATION AS A FUNCTION OF INTERVENING ACTIVITY AT ZERO VELOCITY,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL INST PENSACOLA FLA

Personal Author(s) : Reason,James T. ; Graybiel,Ashton

Report Date : 05 AUG 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : The problem was to determine how adaptation to Coriolis accelerations, acquired through controlled head movements in a room rotating in one direction, transfers to the opposite direction as a consequence of the stimulus mode during an intervening period at zero velocity. Under one experimental condition the subjects continued to make the same head movements as those used to acquire perrotational adaptation, thus evoking postrotational responses opposite in sign but similar in quality to those experienced during the initial period of rotation. In the other, mechanical restraints were applied to the head and torso for an equivalent period of time. Subjects who performed the head motion activity during the intervening static period were able to adapt more rapidly to the second (opposite) direction of rotation than to the first. In addition, the intervening activity appeared to confer some immunity to motion sickness during the second direction of rotation. Postrotational effects following the second direction of rotation were less severe and of shorter duration than those experienced following the initial period of rotation. The opposite findings were obtained for those subjects who remained immobilized during the intervening period at zero velocity. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ACCELERATION TOLERANCE, ADAPTATION(PHYSIOLOGY)), (*CORIOLIS EFFECT, ADAPTATION(PHYSIOLOGY)), MOTION SICKNESS, STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), RESPONSE(BIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE