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Autogenic-Feedback Training (AFT) as a preventive method for space motion sickness: Background and experimental designFinding an effective treatment for the motion sickness-like symptoms that occur in space has become a high priority for NASA. The background research is reviewed and the experimental design of a formal life sciences shuttle flight experiment designed to prevent space motion sickness in shuttle crew members is presented. This experiment utilizes a behavioral medicine approach to solving this problem. This method, Autogenic-Feedback Training (AFT), involves training subjects to voluntarily control several of their own physiological responses to environmental stressors. AFT has been used reliably to increase tolerance to motion sickness during ground-based tests in over 200 men and women under a variety of conditions that induce motion sickness, and preliminary evidence from space suggests that AFT may be an effective treatment for space motion sickness as well. Proposed changes to this experiment for future manifests are included.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Cowings, Patricia S.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Toscano, William B.
(California Univ. Los Angeles., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1993
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:108780
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-70-12-14
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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