The impact of the vestibular-induced Coriolis illusion becomes apparent in spatial disorientation and symptoms of motion sickness. Empirical data indicated that anticipatory processes, evolved by experience, influence the sensation of Coriolis illusion. We measured subjective well-being and stress responses of 13 experienced pilots and 13 non-pilots in order to study the influence of anticipatorily controlled top-down attention on the impact of Coriolis effects and to examine the role of experience. Subjective data and psychophysiological data (EDA, ECG) were recorded, reflecting the underlying psychological processes involved. Participants distracted by doing a reaction test (experimental group) gave higher drowsiness ratings and higher dizziness ratings than non-distracted participants (control group) immediately after the Coriolis induction, independently of experience. EDA data showed higher emotional stress responses in the experimental group throughout the psychophysiological sensation unit of 4x10s. Data suggest that anticipatorily controlled top-down processes are of particular importance in Coriolis-provoking environments.
Talker, C. M.,
& Kallus, K.
(2015). Anticipatorily Controlled Top-Down Processes Influence the Impact of Coriolis Effects. 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 207-212.