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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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Influence of Tactile Cues on Visually Induced Postural Reactions

Influence of Tactile Cues on Visually Induced Postural Reactions

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(p.555) Chapter 89 Influence of Tactile Cues on Visually Induced Postural Reactions
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Lawrence R. Young

Gail Standish

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0089

The primary focus of this study is multi-sensory integration and its motor control and behavioral consequences. The series of experiments involve moving a spatial visual stimulus provided by a roughly hemispherical “rotating dome” filling the subject's field of view. It is discussed in this chapter how elementary reflexes that act to maintain an animal's head in the upright position depend upon numerous sensory inputs acting independently or in a group. This study demonstrates that the presence of lateral forces on the shoulders is enough to inhibit visually induced motion and the associated postural reactions of the neck and trunk.

Keywords:   postural reaction, elementary reflexes, lateral forces, sensory inputs, motor control, neck

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