Head injury

Previous research has shown that around half of young men in prisons have suffered head injuries

Head injury sufferers needed for study

Men who have suffered head injuries are being recruited for a new scientific study.

Researchers from the University of Exeter are investigating how head injuries affect the way people read emotions from the faces of others.

Previous research has shown that around half of young men in prisons have suffered head injuries in the past, and the study aims to find out more about the consequences of injuries in the wider population.

The researchers are looking for men aged 16-35 who have suffered head injuries where they have lost consciousness for 30 minutes or more, or on three or more occasions.

“Some people who have suffered head injuries may have problems with things like reading facial expressions, communication or controlling aggression,” said Miriam Cohen, of the University of Exeter.

“A better understanding of these injuries could help us improve the way health services support people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds or those considered high risk for criminal behaviour.”

The online study consists of a five-minute eligibility assessment. Candidates who meet the criteria will then complete an online task which takes about 15-20 minutes.

Participants can live anywhere in the world, but must speak English fluently.

For more information, email Miriam Cohen (mc355@exeter.ac.uk). 

Date: 2 October 2017

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