Bratton, Luke

Luke Bratton
Start date:
October 2014
Research Topic:
Understanding the visual triggers of visual vertigo
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Prof. Petroc Sumner, Prof. Simon Rushton.
Supervising school:
School of Psychology,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

Patients with visual vertigo report nausea, light-headedness and instability when exposed to certain everyday situations; for example, whilst driving a car or walking down a supermarket isle. I am concerned with identifying the components of a visual scene which trigger such responses, using this information to create clinical tests for visual vertigo, and to design rehabilitation tools.

I will be employing psychophysical methodology in order to identify:

  1. whether there are specific components of a visual scene which induce vertiginous symptoms; and
  2. whether they demonstrate any deficits in psychophysical tasks when compared to controls.