Dramamine has been around for quite a while now as an aid in helping to control motion sickness, but it has its limitations and side effects. Soon there may be a new option on the market in the form of low intensity electrical stimulation that people taking boat and road trips will be able to easily apply to their heads.
The findings come from the Imperial College London, where a research team followed the hypothesis that when on a moving platform, inconsistent signals coming in from different senses into the brain end up confusing it. The team had volunteers wear electrodes on their heads that delivered ten minutes of electrical stimulation, followed by which they were spun in a chair intended to produce motion sickness. The same people that received the treatment had much attenuated reactions to the motion and returned to normal faster than when they did not receive the treatment.
The researchers believe that soon simple devices similar to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators will be available for people to use whether when sailing or taking a flight on a small aircraft.
Here’s a an Imperial College London video about the research:
Study in Neurology: Electrocortical therapy for motion sickness…