Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise: A Treatment for Airsickness in Military Pilots

This paper presents physiological data from two male pilots who completed a training program designed to help control motion sickness at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center. The subjects used operant conditioning techniques to control their airsickness symptoms as part of an Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise. A rotating chair motion sickness test was used to assess their progress, which was measured by the number of rotations a subject could achieve before reaching their major malaise endpoint. Motion sickness symptoms were rated on a standard diagnostic scale. The results demonstrate an increased tolerance to laboratory-induced motion sickness tests and a reduction in autonomic nervous system response following training. Both pilots were able to control their motion sickness during training flights in F-18 and T-38 aircraft and were returned to active flight status.

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    • Cowings, Patricia S
    • Toscano, William B
    • Timbers, Ann
    • Casey, Christopher
    • Hufnagel, John
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01010880
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2005 6:28PM