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Virtual reality raises real risk of motion sickness

Women more likely to feel nausea than men using gaming headset

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3:21pm, December 6, 2016
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GAME ON  Playing a virtual reality game using a headset could give you motion sickness, particularly if you are a woman, a study using the Oculus Rift concluded.

With virtual reality finally hitting the consumer market this year, VR headsets are bound to make their way onto a lot of holiday shopping lists. But new research suggests these gifts could also give some of their recipients motion sickness — especially if they’re women.

In a test of people playing one virtual reality game using an Oculus Rift headset, more than half felt sick within 15 minutes, a team of scientists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis reports online December 3 in Experimental Brain Research. Among women, nearly four out of five felt sick.

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