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BBC 2: Coast: ‘Wild Waters’: how to make yourself seasick

Psychology 17 October 2017

John Golding

Professor John Golding, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology, tested presenter Mark Horton’s seasickness in one of BBC Two’s Coast series broadcast on 15 October.

Professor Golding specialises in motion sickness, spatial disorientation and health psychology. In the BBC programme, he tested the presenter of ‘Coast’ programme Mark Horton’s seasickness with an experiment mimicking the sensations of a moving boat.

Despite warning Professor Golding of being resistant to seasickness, Mark Horton agreed to wear a blindfold and to sit in a special rotating chair while nodding his head at increasing speed until he started feeling nauseous.

After this experiment, Professor Golding explained that seasickness susceptibility can mainly be due to genetics or age. “When you are young, about eight or nine years old, that’s the most susceptible period of your life, then you get slightly more resistant as you get older, and women tend to be slightly more susceptible as well.”

Watch the experiment on BBC iPlayer from 19:36 to 22:20.

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