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Public Health and Sport Sciences

Detecting brain dysfunction in VR following vibration exposure

It has been acknowledged that vibration can be harmful for the human body structure. However, it is unknown whether vibration translated to the head impairs neuronal function and brain performance. The project aims to understand how vibration experienced at the head during mountain biking influences neuromotor control and cognitive function.

VR allows for a highly controlled and safe environment in which ecologically valid actions can be assessed. We will use a complex visuomotor task (interception) to gain insight into changes in brain function following vibration exposure. The results of the project can be used to evaluate the health risks associated with vibration exposure in occupational and sports settings.

Research team

Researchers: Barbara Halmai

Supervisors: Dr Genevieve Williams, Dr Tim Holsgrove