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The Influence of Gravito-Inertial Force on Sensorimotor Integration and Reflexive ResponsesSensorimotor responses (e.g.. eye movements, spinal reflexes, etc depend upon the interpretation of the neural signals from the sensory systems. Since neural signals from the otoliths may represent either tilt (gravity) or translation (linear inertial force), sensory signals from the otolith organs are necessarily somewhat ambiguous. Therefore. the neural responses to changing otolith signals depend upon the context of the stimulation (e.g- active vs. passive, relative orientation of gravity, etc.) as well as upon other sensory signals (e.g., vision. canals, etc.). This session will focus upon the -role -played by the sensory signals from the otolith organs in producing efficient sensorimotor and behavioral responses. Curthoys will show the influence of the peripheral anatomy and physiology. Tomko will discuss the influence of tilt and translational otolith signals on eye movements. Merfeld will demonstrate the rate otolith organs play during the interaction of sensory signals from the canals and otoliths. Watt will show the influence of the otoliths on spinal/postural responses. Guedry will discuss the contribution of vestibular information to "path of movement"' perception and to the development of a stable vertical reference. Sensorimotor responses to the ambiguous inertial force stimulation provide an important tool to investigate how the nervous system processes patterns of sensory information and yields functional sensorimotor responses.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Curthoys, Ian S. (Sydney Univ. Australia)
Guedry, Fred E. (University of West Florida Pensacola, FL United States)
Merfeld, Daniel M. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. United States)
Watt, Doug G. D. (McGill Univ. Montreal, Quebec Canada)
Tomko, David L. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Wade, Charles E.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-16-12
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.