Motion sickness is a feeling of sickness that happens with movement. It can also happen when a person looks at something that is moving, such as a movie or park ride.
The brain senses motion through signals from the ears, eyes, muscles, and joints. Motion sickness is when the eyes signal the brain that the body is still while the other parts of the body signal that it is in motion.
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