Motion effects and human task performance

The CKAS class 7 Hexapod is used for a wide range of motion experiments. For information about our motion lab click here.



The Hexapod is easily modified to handle as a driving or a flight simulator. The effect of motion adds to the simulation experience to better absorb the individual and minimise potential nauseating simulator symptoms arising from vestibular mismatch that can arise from stationary or uni-axis simulators. The  uniqueness of such a simulator makes studies involving this simulator a firm favourite with students.


Currently the motion simulator is utilised for a series of experiments in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation to investigate various motion effects on human task performance.




Current Projects:

Motion, motion sickness and it’s effects on human task performance:

Presented at the Land Warfare Conference (Melbourne, Australia) and Defence Human Sciences Symposium (Adelaide, Australia) in 2012, Ms Elisabeth Magdas, under the supervision of Dr Hamish McDougall, has completed a number of studies investigating the effects of nauseating motion stimuli on a series of Defence based tasks and cognitive tasks. A total of 49 participated in this study. Publications from this study to be released shortly.

Motion Fatigue:

Fatigue in motion is a popular study however little research is done on the effects constant motion has on the ability to perform tasks over a period of time. Studies are currently being conducted by Ms Magdas which investigate different styles of fatigue and quantitatively analyse how it affects cognitive performance and performance in defence-related tasks.


For more information, contact the Sydney human factors research group

Contact person for this study: Ms Elisabeth Magdas