WHOI's "Peanut Butter Club" presents Professor Tom Stoffregen

"Getting Your Sea Legs" - June 30th in Woods Hole
Professor Tom Stoffregen (Courtesy of WHOI)

WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION'S PEANUT BUTTER CLUB: Presents Tom Stoffregen, professor, School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.  Professor Stoffregen will give a talk on Friday, June 30, at noon, in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center Auditorium, 15 School St., in Woods Hole, titled “Getting Your Sea Legs: The Horizon, Seasickness, and Adaptive Human Movement.” Going to sea means living on a moving surface. It takes time to adapt to life on a moving surface: We must learn new ways to control the body. This learning period is known as "getting your sea legs." Mariners have known about it for thousands of years, but until recently there had been no scientific research examining the actual physical adjustments that we make in the control of the body. How, exactly, does bodily movement change as we get our sea legs? Why does this process include seasickness (for some, but not for others)? Why does the horizon seem to be important, and what can the horizon have to do with learning how to control the body? Professor Stoffregen will discuss these questions in the light of experimental research conducted on crew members and passengers on ships at sea. Some of the answers confirm ancient nautical lore, but some are unexpected, and very surprising. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


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