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Stroke laterality study – you can all help

By Timothy Cocks Science and the world 27 Nov 2015

It’s live

Brendon Haslam’s Stroke Laterality Study is live online at NOIgroup Research. Brendon shared some of the history and details of his research with us previously, but here’s the low down:

“The purpose of this study is to investigate if people with stroke experience difficulty with recognizing the laterality of their affected arm and hand, and if there is a further relationship in those with upper limb pain. This could lead us to better understand upper limb pain in stroke and in turn help us to develop more effective treatment strategies.

To do this we will investigate the accuracy and response time for a left/right judgement task of the shoulder and hand in people who may or may not have had a stroke, and compare the results to those with upper limb pain.

You will need to be aged 18 or over, and have sufficient vision for both reading and looking at images on a computer screen in order to complete this study.”

Everyone can help

Brendon is aiming to power up his study with some really big numbers and everyone can help with this. How? Let me count the ways:

  1. If you don’t have pain, you can take the tests to help build a big control group.
  2. If you have shoulder pain you can take the tests.
  3. If you have had a stroke but have no shoulder pain you can the tests.
  4. If you have had a stroke and experience shoulder pain you can take the tests
  5. If you know ANYONE in any of the above categories you can let them know about the study.

What does it involve?

Depending on the profile of the participants, the whole process will take up to 30 minutes to complete some online questionnaires and the laterality tests.

What now?

If you would like to know more and would like to participate simply go to the NOIgroup Research page.


This is really important research that will help a large, missed group of people in pain. We’d really appreciate you taking the time to undertake the tests yourself and pass this on to as many people as you can

-Tim Cocks


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