Professor John Golding, Professor of Psychology, was recently featured on BBC One’s Rip off Britain testing motion sickness remedies with the help of some students.
The episode showed three students who suffer from motion sickness on a rotating chair in order to test different approaches to prevent motion sickness. Professor Golding explained: “The rotating chair works by spinning people around, which if you superimpose head movements, cause what’s called a cross-coupling effect. In other words, apart from feeling dizzy, you have this very unpleasant tumbling sensation.”
Talking about preventive methods, he concluded: “If you are on a coach or a car, or on board of a ship, if you can get a stable horizon view, that’s very good. If you are in a vehicle of any sort, try to avoid reading texts or looking at your phone, because that certainly is a way of aggravating motion sickness.”