Peripheral and Central Postural Disorders

Peripheral and Central Postural Disorders

Funding: The National Institute of Aging Impaired balance control may arise from neurological problems such as loss of inner ear (vestibular) function. Deficits in one sensory system can also affect how intact sensory systems contribute to postural control. For...
Multisensory Integration and Human Postural Control

Multisensory Integration and Human Postural Control

Funding: National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Science Foundation Description: Standing upright on two legs is a complicated control problem for the nervous system. Humans never stand perfectly still and small muscular corrections are...

Genetic Basis for Vestibular Dysfunction

Funding: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders Description. In collaboration with Dr. Steve Roth, we studied individuals who have lost vestibular function due to gentamicin therapy to determine whether there is an underlying genetic basis for such loss. The...

The Interaction of Sensory Information, Posture, and Locomotion

Funding: The National Science Foundation Description. We investigated how multisensory information Is used to stabilize the gait cycle by stimulating walking subjects with multiple forms of sensory information, including visual, vestibular and proprioceptive....

Multisensory Balance Training

Funding. The Erickson Foundation Description. Falls are known to be a major source of injury and accidental death in the elderly. Of the population over 65 years of age, one-third to one-half experience falls annually; of these, half do so repeatedly. Falls are the...
Decomposing the Control Loop for Upright Balance

Decomposing the Control Loop for Upright Balance

Funding. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Human upright bipedal stance is deceivingly complex. What appears to be a relatively simple behavior in healthy individuals is the function of a complex adaptive feedback control system that remains...

The Influence of Light Touch Contact on Human Postural Control

Funding. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Science Foundation Description. Imagine situations in which you cannot see very well, such as when you enter a darkened room or get up from bed at night to get a drink of water. In these...