Kinesiology researchers make waves
Professor Tom Stoffregen has been researching motion sickness and body sway in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory for many years, and on location on ships in various oceans and waterways most recently. His latest article, published with Professor Michael Wade and Ph.D. student Tony Mayo, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science this month, has been attracting a lot of attention around the world.
A recent article in Science Daily, "Centuries of Sailors Weren't Wrong: Looking at the Horizon Stabilizes Posture," notes that "Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon ... Thomas A. Stoffregen of the University of Minnesota has been studying how much people rock back and forth in different situations, and what this has to do with motion sickness." More stories on their research have appeared recently in Daily News & Analysis, Science News, and India Talkies.