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Chih-Hui Chang
Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Chang’s ongoing relationship with the U of M began when she received her PhD in Kinesiology here, where she conducted ground-breaking research on the role of aging in the ability to use manual wielding to perceive properties of objects. She accepted a tenure-track position in Taiwan at the National Kaoshiung Normal University, in Department of Physical Education. From there, she established a productive and ongoing collaboration with U of M Professor Thomas Stoffregen, PhD, which focuses on distinctive patterns of body movement that precede and predict the occurrence of motion sickness in individuals. In 2012, Dr. Chang was awarded a competitive, fully-funded sabbatical year, which she elected to spend at the U of M. While here, Dr. Chang participated in instruction, co-teaching an upper-level graduate seminar on current topics in Kinesiology. She also worked with Drs. Stoffregen and Wade to write up and submit for publication previously conducted collaborative research. Finally, she participated actively with Dr. Stoffregen and others in the design and conduct of new research, some of which was begun during her year at the U of M, and some of which she has implemented in her laboratory in Taiwan. As of October 2014, Dr. Chang's year at the U of M has resulted in the publication of 3 articles in high-impact peer-review journals, with 2 other manuscripts currently under review and 3 experiments either in progress or currently being written up for publication. These include collaborative research on motion sickness among players of video games, but also include highly novel studies of the quantitative kinematics of human movement on ships at sea. In her Taiwan laboratory, Dr. Chang has just completed a highly novel study, designed in collaboration with Dr. Stoffregen, in which they evaluated video game-related motion sickness as a function of actual driving status (i.e., persons with vs. without a drivers license).