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Exeter Immersive

VR-based Neurological Assessments

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Exposure to vibration presents a health risk in occupational and leisure settings. However, it is not yet understood how certain neural and cognitive functions are affected when oscillatory stimulus is transferred to the head (e.g., when riding vehicles, mountain biking, handling machinery). 

Using immserive VR, Barbara Halmai is exploring the potential effects of vibration exposure on human brain function. Specifically, she will study a range of eye tracking and postural stability metrics to assess aspects of neuromotor control following exposure to head-vibrations associated with downhill mountain biking. 

The project is part of a PhD programme funded by the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Its findings will be used to inform future safety guidelines and evaluate health risks in mountain biking and other vibrating activities.