A stripy tee is a wardrobe staple that never gets old. But your love of Breton stripes could be causing you some serious health problems.
A new study has found that parallel stripes can be the cause of severe headaches (otherwise known as migraines).
Researchers at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands found a link between the pattern and the onset of migraines in people.
Small electrodes were attached to the scalp of each participant. They were then shown several different images while their brains were being monitored.
The results showed that looking at stripes caused an increase in gamma oscillations in the brain. These are associated with headaches and more seriously, seizures.
“Our findings imply that in designing buildings, it may be important to avoid the types of visual patterns that can activate this circuit and cause discomfort, migraines, or seizures,” Dora Hermes from the UMC stated.
It seems like stripes should be out forevermore. Fashion designers, take note.
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