OBSERVATIONAL STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MIGRAINE AND THE PERCEPTION OF SENSATIONS WITHIN THE BODY
What is the purpose of the study?
Interoception is described as the perception of sensations from inside the body including physical sensations such as heartbeat, respiration, fatigue and the autonomic (fight-or-flight) nervous system. Interoception also interacts with external sensations (such as hearing and vision) thought, emotion and psychology. It is vital for human existence as it allows the nervous system to be informed about physiological needs and maintain homeostasis. This study aims to better understand the cause and purpose of migraine.
Who can take part?
Age 18 years and over
Have at least 1 year history of migraine
Low frequency migraine i.e. 1-3 per month (or less frequent)
High frequency migraine i.e. 4 - 28 per month (need at least 2 days headache free)
OR: For the control arm of the study:
People aged between 25 - 45 who do not get migraines or other headaches (does not exclude headaches with viral infections and other physical illnesses or injuries)
What will the study involve?
Measuring brain responses using a safe non-invasive technique known as electroencephalography (EEG).
A heartbeat tracking task.
Questionnaire studies and some behavioural testing.
The study should take less than 3 hours in total.
Where does the study take place?
Newcastle University Medical School. You will be reimbursed any reasonable travel expenses and additionally compensated £10.00 per whole or part hour for your participation.
How do I take part?
If you would like more information or have any doubt about your eligibility then please contact Siobhan Jones, Headache Nurse Consultant Siobhan.email@example.com
A pre-screen questionnaire will then be required to complete to confirm eligibility.
Once eligibility is confirmed then you will be offered a date and time to attend the Medical School where further questionnaires will be completed on your arrival prior to the practical aspects of the study.