Body sway responses to pseudorandom support surface translations of vestibular loss subjects resemble those of vestibular able subjects


Lippi V., Asslaender L., Akcay E., Mergner T.

NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, vol.736, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 736
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.neulet.2020.135271
  • Title of Journal : NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS

Abstract

Body sway responses evoked by a horizontal acceleration of a level and firm support surface are particular in that the vestibular information on body-space angle BS resembles the proprioceptive information on body-foot angle BF. We compared corresponding eyes-closed responses of vestibular-able (VA) and vestibular-loss (VL) subjects, postulating a close correspondence. In contradistinction to previous studies, we used an unpredictable (pseudorandom) stimulus and found that the eyes-closed and eyes-open responses of the VA closely resembled those of the VL subjects, as expected. We further conclude that the vestibular signals coding head linear translation in VA subjects has in this case too little functional relevance to cause a notable difference between the subject groups.