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Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) gave an invited talk at the University of Caen, France on Monday, January 6. The title of his talk was "La mer et le corps."

Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and his research as director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) was featured in the Star Tribune in an article titled, "A simulator at the U of M is rethinking motion sickness."

In the article, Stoffregen explains a new theory for why people get motion sickness, attributing it to body sway, not to the inner ear. "The way that you sway is predictive of whether you're susceptible to motion sickness," Stoffregen said.

Read the entire piece here as well watch a video of Stoffregen explaining his research.

Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) gave an invited colloquium at the University of Minnesota Center for Cognitive Sciences on October 24. The title of his presentation was, "The Devil's Spectacles." Dr. Stoffregen spoke about the intimate relations between science, philosophy, religion, and technology over the past 3,000 years. He explained how they relate to behavioral sciences in general and more specifically to the theories of vision.

Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) is quoted in, "Why Do Humans Get Motion Sickness?," an article published in Mother Jones.

In the article Stoffregen describes his perspective on motion sickness, "because you lose your equilibrium, you get motion sick." Stoffregen has accumulated a lot of evidence surrounding the topic and has more recently gained recognition for it.

Professor of kinesiology StoffregenT-2013.jpgDr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) gave insight into which category he felt should be added to the Nobel Prize.

The article, "What's missing from the Nobel Prize? Scientists weigh in," includes a poll conducted through LiveScience where scientists from around the world responded with categories they thought should be incorporated. Stoffregen explained that behavioral science should be added because a high volume of critical, deserving work is being accomplished in the field.

Professor of kinesiology Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) was quoted in the Live Science article, "Is iOS 7 Making You Feel Sick? Here's Why."


Stoffregen, one of the experts, said that he was not surprised that many people using iOS 7 were feeling motion sickness and added, "As imaging technology develops across platforms, and we get greater frame rates and resolution, we find an increasing tendency for it to make people sick."

Stoffregen also remarked on motion sickness in the article, "Apple Inc's iOS 7 Users Report Motion Sickness After Prolonged Use of iOS 7 iPhone, iPad; How to Reduce Parallax Effect," an article featured in International Business Times. He explains that motion sickness may become worse as people continue to use digital devices.

Stoffregen2012.jpgProfessor of kinesiology Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen and his work as the director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) was highlighted in a recent blog in The New York Times' Well section. The feature, "Rethinking Motion Sickness," relays Stoffregen's hypothesis that motion sickness is connected to posture and gait, not imbalances in the inner ear.

Author Peter Andrey Smith writes, "For decades now, Dr. Stoffregen, 56, director of the university's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, has been amassing evidence in support of a surprising theory about the causes of motion sickness. The problem does not arise in the inner ear, he believes, but rather in a disturbance in the body's system for maintaining posture. The idea, once largely ignored, is beginning to gain grudging recognition."

ChenC.jpg Yi Chou (Chris) Chen, doctoral student and member of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has received a competitive award that will allow him to present his research at the Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting 2013 Conference, held in Pittsburgh, Pa., October 3-4.

The title of his presentation is, "Postural precursors of post-bout nausea in boxers." Professor of kinesiology and director of the APAL, Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen, is the co-author of the presentation and Chen's advisor.

Funding for this award was provided by the conference.

Stoffregen2012.jpgProfessor of kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen, has had an article accepted for publication in Ecological Psychology.

The article is titled, "On the physical origins of inverted optic images," and describes how inverted images (such as those formed by the human eye) naturally occur in physical systems that pre-date the origins of life. This research suggests that visual systems, both biological and technological, evolved from pre-existing physical phenomena, rather than being created, de novo, by living things.

Stoffregen2012.jpgProfessor of kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen, has had an article accepted for publication in Gait & Posture. The article titled, "Body load and the postural precursors of motion sickness," was written with Frank Koslucher, an APAL graduate student. The five-year impact factor for Gait & Posture is 2.63.

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