Remember all those fun roller coasters you rode as a kid? Pretty mind-blowing and intense. How about the classic spinning tea cups? Also fun, eh? Well, not in my eyes. All those spinny rides that plaster your brain to the walls of your skull are no friend of mine. Unfortunately, even things like reading on the bus or in the car are lumped into the disasters listed above. I have an extra bad tolerance to motion and it takes a decent amount of work to avoid/combat it for me.
As someone who is haunted and miserable from any form of motion sickness, I found an article that might give a person like me a whole new world of hope. In an article entitled A devide (device) to zap away motion sickness, author Matthew Stock has…
The research has been conducted by clinical scientist Dr. Qadeer Arshad has tackled the problem head on; yes, pun intended. At the Imperial College London, Dr. Arshad collaborated with Professor Michael Gresty published an article in the journal Neurology probing the connection between motion sickness and the confusion between what the eyes see and the inner ears feel. An expert on motion sickness, Gresty points out it is the confusion between the eyes and the inner ears in the brain leads to the feeling of nausea.
The theory is to send mild electric currents to the brain through the scalp to suppress the signals to the brain from the inner ear in hopes of avoiding the confusion.
In the experiment, test subjects were placed in a rotating seat that tilts and their susceptibilities were recorded, the subjects were fitted with the electrodes and spent another round in the seat. After 10 minutes the subjects found that their were less nauseous and recovered faster than the test trial.