Accession Number : ADA304277

Title :   An Investigation of Simulator Sickness in a Tank Driver Trainer.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb 94-Jul 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Lampton, Donald R. ; Kraemer, Ronald E. ; Kolasinski, Eugenia M. ; Knerr, Bruce W.

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Report Date : OCT 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : This report describes our examination of the incidence and severity of simulator sickness symptoms resulting from use of a computer-based tank driver trainer. Symptoms experienced by trainees were measured using questionnaires, interviews, and a test of balance. Results from the first training session indicated that approximately 15% of the trainees reported some form of discomfort that interfered with training. Symptoms related to nausea were more prevalent than either eyestrain or dizziness. Subsequent training sessions resulted in significantly less simulator sickness than the first. Our recommendations for reducing simulator sickness primarily addressed the treatment of trainees before, during, and after training, and the selection and the use of training scenarios. The recommendations are being implemented in the training program. Areas for future research are outlined.

Descriptors :   *TRAINEES, *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), *MOTION SICKNESS, *DRIVERS(PERSONNEL), TEST AND EVALUATION, SCENARIOS, TRAINING, TRAINING DEVICES, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, BALANCE, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, QUESTIONNAIRES, NAUSEA, VERTIGO.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE