News: Keeping a clear head

Friday 27 September 2013 by Carmel Smith

Scientists at Imperial College London have found that ballet dancers’ brains adapt to stop them feeling dizzy when performing pirouettes. It is hoped that their findings, could help to improve treatment for patients with chronic dizziness.

Dr Barry Seemungal, who led the research team said “Dizziness, which is the feeling that we are moving when in fact we are still, is a common problem. I see a lot of patients who have suffered from dizziness for a long time. Ballet dancers seem to be able to train themselves not to get dizzy, so we wondered whether we could use the same principles to help our patients.”
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Ex Royal Ballet dancer Deborah Bull joined Dr Seemungal on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning explained “If you fix your eyes on something, you get less dizzy, so it’s integral to the training,” and gave a demonstration of spotting – caught by the studio webcam.

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