Motion Sickness Disorientation and Clinical Vestibular Diseases producing Vertigo

“…sailing on the sea proves that motion disorders the body…” observed the Greek physician Hippocrates over two thousand years ago. Our word ‘nausea’ derives from the Greek root word ‘naus’, hence ‘nautical’ meaning a ship. The general term ‘motion sickness’ embraces car-sickness, air-sickness, space-sickness, sea-sickness, etc. These are caused in healthy people by abnormal visual and force environments.

There are some similarities between motion sickness and the effects of vestibular disease in causing vertigo and associated symptoms. Indeed, the former might describe ‘a healthy person in a sick environment’, whereas the latter describes ‘a sick person in a healthy environment’.

Current research projects investigate the causes and possible counter-measures for these conditions. Research internal to the Psychology Dept employs our specialist laboratories which can reliably induce motion sickness using a cross-coupled motion simulator and optokinetic stimulation. There are also motion sickness research collaborations with Univ Caen, France and with USAARL Fort Rucker, USA.

Collaborative research on patients suffering from vestibular disorders concentrates on predictors of outcome and new medical treatment approaches. These are in collaboration with Kings College, London and with Imperial College, London.

For more information, contact John F Golding, [email protected].