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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to the US Military - Defense One

The vibrations emanating from the OtoTech gently target two of the four fibers that carry data about body motion to the brain via a system of inner ear sensors called the vestibulocochlear nerve. "Two [of the four vestibulocochlear nerve fibers] go to the brain, two go to your reflexes," Owen said. The trick is to affect the former and not the latter.

"The working hypothesis is that [the vibration] causes a chaotic and noninformative stimulus to go to the brain. Somewhere, probably the cerebellum, there's a filtering mechanism that filters out noninformative sensed information. It's the reason you don't notice the shirt on your back right now," he said.

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/11/inventor-may-have-cured-motion-sickness-without-drugs-and-could-mean-lot-us-military/152960/

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