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Exploring the Relationship between Vection, VIMS and Anxiety

Full Study Title

Exploring the relationship between vection, anxious temperament, and visually induced motion sickness

Study Description

Visually induced motion sickness (VIMS) is a common sensation when using Virtual Reality applications or other visual devices, characterized by feelings similar to traditional motion sickness (e.g., nausea, disorientation, headache). Several factors have been discussed to affect VIMS. For instance, the illusion of self-motion in the absence of real physical movement (vection) has been linked to VIMS, but the exact relationship between the two remains vague. The goal of this study is to determine whether an individual’s tendency to experience vection is linked to their VIMS susceptibility. 

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for healthy participants between 19-39 years of age with no recent history of stroke, active vestibular disorders, disabling musculoskeletal disorder, acute psychiatric disorder (including anxiety disorders), and/or a diagnosis of dementia or mild cognitive impairment. 

Duration and Compensation

This study will take approximately 1.5 hours. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 gift card.

Principal Investigator

This study is conducted by Dr. Behrang Keshavarz. If you have questions about the study, please contact

Ethics approval

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board of the University Health Network (REB# 19-6291).

Start Date

Recruitment ongoing


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