Are evolutionary hypotheses for motion sickness "just-so" stories?

  • Charles M. Oman
  • Published 2012 in
    Journal of vestibular research : equilibrium…


Vertebrates have evolved rapidly conditionable nausea and vomiting reflexes mediated by gut and brainstem receptors, clearly as a defense against neurotoxin ingestion. In 1977 Treisman proposed that sensory orientation linkages to emetic centers evolved for the same reason, and that motion sickness was an accidental byproduct. It was an "adaptationist… (More)


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@article{Oman2012AreEH, title={Are evolutionary hypotheses for motion sickness "just-so" stories?}, author={Charles M. Oman}, journal={Journal of vestibular research : equilibrium & orientation}, year={2012}, volume={22 2}, pages={117-27} }