Manipulations to reduce simulator-related transient adverse health effects during simulated driving

Jäger, Michael; Gruber, Nicole; Müri, René; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2014). Manipulations to reduce simulator-related transient adverse health effects during simulated driving. Medical & biological engineering & computing, 52(7), pp. 601-610. Springer 10.1007/s11517-014-1162-x

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User comfort during simulated driving is of key importance, since reduced comfort can confound the experiment and increase dropout rates. A common comfort-affecting factor is simulator-related transient adverse health effect (SHE). In this study, we propose and evaluate methods to adapt a virtual driving scene to reduce SHEs. In contrast to the manufacturer-provided high-sensory conflict scene (high-SCS), we developed a low-sensory conflict scene (low-SCS). Twenty young, healthy participants drove in both the high-SCS and the low-SCS scene for 10 min on two different days (same time of day, randomized order). Before and after driving, participants rated SHEs by completing the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ). During driving, several physiological parameters were recorded. After driving in the high-SCS, the SSQ score increased in average by 129.4 (122.9 %, p = 0.002) compared to an increase of 5.0 (3.4 %, p = 0.878) after driving in the low-SCS. In the low-SCS, skin conductance decreased by 13.8 % (p < 0.01) and saccade amplitudes increased by 16.1 % (p < 0.01). Results show that the investigated methods reduce SHEs in a younger population, and the low-SCS is well accepted by the users. We expect that these measures will improve user comfort.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Management
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Jäger, Michael; Gruber, Nicole; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter and Nef, Tobias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

0140-0118

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Vanessa Vallejo

Date Deposited:

06 Aug 2014 15:10

Last Modified:

29 Jun 2015 10:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11517-014-1162-x

PubMed ID:

24888755

Uncontrolled Keywords:

driving simulator, physiological measures, eye-tracking

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.54748

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/54748

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