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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Multidimensional Analysis of Head Stabilization—Progress and Prospects

Multidimensional Analysis of Head Stabilization—Progress and Prospects

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(p.374) Chapter 57 Multidimensional Analysis of Head Stabilization—Progress and Prospects
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Barry W. Peterson

James F. Baker

Emily A. Keshner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0057

The ultimate objective in studying the vestibulocollic (VCR) and cervicocollic (CCR) reflexes is to understand their dynamic and spatial properties at three levels: the kinetics of movement of the head, neck vertebrae, and neck muscles following perturbation of the body in any direction; the dynamics of activation of each class of receptor and each neck muscle; and spatial and dynamic properties of neuronal circuits that transform receptor input to muscle output. Current progress and future prospects for understanding each of these aspects are summarized. Three-dimensional power spectral characteristics of movements of the head-neck system have been measured during functional activities. Significant power was observed in the pitch and yaw planes, with the wider bandwidth for pitch occurring for walking in place.

Keywords:   vestibulocollic reflexes, cervicocollic reflexes, reflexes, movements, neuronal circuits, picture activation

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