Real walking increases simulator sickness in navigationally complex virtual environments

Evan A. Suma, Samantha L. Finkelstein, Myra Reid, Amy Ulinski, Larry F. Hodges

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We report on a study in which we investigate the effects of travel technique on simulator sickness in a real and virtual environment. Participants explored either a real maze or a virtual maze using either natural walking or simulated walking. Reported scores for measures of overall simulator sickness, disorientation, nausea, and occulomotor discomfort were all higher in the natural walking condition than either the simulated walking or real world conditions. This indicates that simulated walking is a better choice for reducing simulator sickness during tasks requiring a navigationally complex environment and a long amount of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVR 2009 - IEEE Virtual Reality 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventVR 2009 - IEEE Virtual Reality 2009 - Lafayette, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 14 2009Mar 18 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Virtual Reality


OtherVR 2009 - IEEE Virtual Reality 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLafayette, LA


  • Locomotion
  • Navigation
  • User study
  • Virtual environments
  • Walking


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