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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065472/adaptive-changes-in-running-kinematics-as-a-function-of-head-stability-demands-and-their-effect-on-shock-transmission
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Jongil Lim, Michael A Busa, Richard E A van Emmerik, Joseph Hamill
This study aimed to identify adaptive changes in running kinematics and impact shock transmission as a function of head stability requirements. Fifteen strides from twelve recreational runners were collected during preferred speed treadmill running. Head stability demands were manipulated through real-time visual feedback that required head-gaze orientation to maintain within boxes of different sizes, ranging from 21° to 3° of visual angle with 3° decrements. The main outcome measures were tibial and head peak accelerations in the time and frequency domains (impact and active phases), shock transmission from tibia to head, stride parameters, and sagittal plane joint kinematics...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065412/quantitative-predictions-orchestrate-visual-signaling-in-drosophila
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Anmo J Kim, Lisa M Fenk, Cheng Lyu, Gaby Maimon
Vision influences behavior, but ongoing behavior also modulates vision in animals ranging from insects to primates. The function and biophysical mechanisms of most such modulations remain unresolved. Here, we combine behavioral genetics, electrophysiology, and high-speed videography to advance a function for behavioral modulations of visual processing in Drosophila. We argue that a set of motion-sensitive visual neurons regulate gaze-stabilizing head movements. We describe how, during flight turns, Drosophila perform a set of head movements that require silencing their gaze-stability reflexes along the primary rotation axis of the turn...
January 12, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056109/postural-ataxia-in-cerebellar-downbeat-nystagmus-its-relation-to-visual-proprioceptive-and-vestibular-signals-and-cerebellar-atrophy
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Christoph Helmchen, Jan-Birger Kirchhoff, Martin Göttlich, Andreas Sprenger
BACKGROUND: The cerebellum integrates proprioceptive, vestibular and visual signals for postural control. Cerebellar patients with downbeat nystagmus (DBN) complain of unsteadiness of stance and gait as well as blurred vision and oscillopsia. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of visual input, gaze eccentricity, vestibular and proprioceptive input on the postural stability in a large cohort of cerebellar patients with DBN, in comparison to healthy age-matched control subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054910/examining-effects-of-physical-exertion-on-the-dynamic-visual-acuity-test-in-collegiate-athletes
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Jessie N Patterson, Anna M Murphy, Julie A Honaker
BACKGROUND: Acute symptoms of dizziness and/or imbalance commonly experienced in athletes postconcussion are speculated to arise from dysfunction at multiple levels (i.e., inner ear or central vestibular system) to appropriately integrate afferent sensory information. Disruption along any pathway of the balance system can result in symptoms of dizziness, decreased postural control function (vestibulospinal reflex), and reduced vestibulo-ocular reflex function. This may also lead to decreased gaze stability with movements of the head and may account for symptoms of blurred vision or diplopia reported in almost half of athletes sustaining a concussion...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981586/gaze-evoked-nystagmus-induced-by-alcohol-intoxication
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Fausto Romano, Alexander A Tarnutzer, Dominik Straumann, Stefano Ramat, Giovanni Bertolini
KEY POINTS: The cerebellum is the core structure controlling gaze stability. Chronic cerebellar diseases and acute alcohol intoxication affect cerebellar function, inducing, among others, gaze instability as gaze-evoked nystagmus. Gaze-evoked nystagmus is characterized by increased centripetal eye-drift. It is used as an important diagnostic sign for patients with cerebellar degeneration and to assess the 'driving while intoxicated' condition. We quantified the effect of alcohol on gaze-holding using an approach allowing, for the first time, the comparison of deficits induced by alcohol intoxication and cerebellar degeneration...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877114/ontogenetic-development-of-vestibulo-ocular-reflexes-in-amphibians
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REVIEW
Francisco Branoner, Boris P Chagnaud, Hans Straka
Vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VOR) ensure gaze stability during locomotion and passively induced head/body movements. In precocial vertebrates such as amphibians, vestibular reflexes are required very early at the onset of locomotor activity. While the formation of inner ears and the assembly of sensory-motor pathways is largely completed soon after hatching, angular and translational/tilt VOR display differential functional onsets and mature with different time courses. Otolith-derived eye movements appear immediately after hatching, whereas the appearance and progressive amelioration of semicircular canal-evoked eye movements is delayed and dependent on the acquisition of sufficiently large semicircular canal diameters...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874249/role-of-neural-integrators-in-oculomotor-systems-a%C3%A2-systematic-narrative-literature-review
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REVIEW
Katherine Sanchez, Fiona J Rowe
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of neural integrators (NI) in the oculomotor system. METHODS: A literature search was carried out using several electronic databases during the months of June 2014 to March 2015. The following keywords were used to generate focused results: 'neural integrators', 'gaze-holding', 'oculomotor integration', 'impaired gaze-holding', 'gaze evoked nystagmus' and 'gaze dysfunction'. Further materials were found through searching relevant articles within reference lists...
November 22, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864084/development-and-regeneration-of-vestibular-hair-cells-in-mammals
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REVIEW
Joseph C Burns, Jennifer S Stone
Vestibular sensation is essential for gaze stabilization, balance, and perception of gravity. The vestibular receptors in mammals, Type I and Type II hair cells, are located in five small organs in the inner ear. Damage to hair cells and their innervating neurons can cause crippling symptoms such as vertigo, visual field oscillation, and imbalance. In adult rodents, some Type II hair cells are regenerated and become re-innervated after damage, presenting opportunities for restoring vestibular function after hair cell damage...
November 15, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837042/gaze-shift-patterns-during-a-jump-with-full-turn-in-male-gymnasts
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Yusuke Sato, Shuko Torii, Masaharu Sasaki, Thomas Heinen
When airborne, gymnasts skillfully control their movements to achieve a successful landing. Utilizing visual information from task-specific eye-body coordination patterns (i.e., visual spotting) is thought to be important for gymnasts in the performance of aerial skills. The purpose of this study was to assess the interplay of eye movements and body movements in an aerial skill with a rotation about the longitudinal axis, namely a straight jump with full turn. Participants were 10 skilled male gymnasts (age [M ± SD], 23...
November 11, 2016: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802139/visual-resolution-and-contrast-sensitivity-in-two-benthic-sharks
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Laura A Ryan, Nathan S Hart, Shaun P Collin, Jan M Hemmi
Sharks have long been described as having 'poor' vision. They are cone monochromats and anatomical estimates suggest they have low spatial resolution. However, there are no direct behavioural measurements of spatial resolution or contrast sensitivity. This study estimates contrast sensitivity and spatial resolution of two species of benthic sharks, the Port Jackson shark, Heterodontus portusjacksoni, and the brown-banded bamboo shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum, by recording eye movements in response to optokinetic stimuli...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781300/functional-synergy-between-postural-and-visual-behaviors-when-performing-a-difficult-precise-visual-task-in-upright-stance
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Cédrick T Bonnet, Sébastien Szaffarczyk, Stéphane Baudry
Previous works usually report greater postural stability in precise visual tasks (e.g., gaze-shift tasks) than in stationary-gaze tasks. However, existing cognitive models do not fully support these results as they assume that performing an attention-demanding task while standing would alter postural stability because of the competition of attention between the tasks. Contrary to these cognitive models, attentional resources may increase to create a synergy between visual and postural brain processes to perform precise oculomotor behaviors...
October 26, 2016: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780044/evolution-of-biological-image-stabilization
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REVIEW
Ben J Hardcastle, Holger G Krapp
The use of vision to coordinate behavior requires an efficient control design that stabilizes the world on the retina or directs the gaze towards salient features in the surroundings. With a level gaze, visual processing tasks are simplified and behaviorally relevant features from the visual environment can be extracted. No matter how simple or sophisticated the eye design, mechanisms have evolved across phyla to stabilize gaze. In this review, we describe functional similarities in eyes and gaze stabilization reflexes, emphasizing their fundamental role in transforming sensory information into motor commands that support postural and locomotor control...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695412/eye-movements-affect-postural-control-in-young-and-older-females
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Neil M Thomas, Theodoros M Bampouras, Tim Donovan, Susan Dewhurst
Visual information is used for postural stabilization in humans. However, little is known about how eye movements prevalent in everyday life interact with the postural control system in older individuals. Therefore, the present study assessed the effects of stationary gaze fixations, smooth pursuits, and saccadic eye movements, with combinations of absent, fixed and oscillating large-field visual backgrounds to generate different forms of retinal flow, on postural control in healthy young and older females...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643747/cerebellar-control-of-eye-movements
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Shin C Beh, Teresa C Frohman, Elliot M Frohman
BACKGROUND: The cerebellum plays a central role in the online, real-time control, and long-term modulation of eye movements. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We reviewed the latest (fifth) edition of Leigh and Zee's textbook, The Neurology of Eye Movements, and literature in PUBMED using the following terms: cerebellum, flocculus, paraflocculus, vermis, oculomotor vermis, dorsal vermis, caudal fastigial nucleus, fastigial oculomotor region, uvula, nodulus, ansiform lobule, eye movements, saccades, ipsipulsion, contrapulsion, smooth pursuit, vergence, convergence, divergence, gaze-holding, down beat nystagmus, vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), angular VOR, translational VOR, skew deviation, velocity storage...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27559718/not-only-amblyopic-but-also-dominant-eye-in-subjects-with-strabismus-show-increased-saccadic-latency
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Maciej Perdziak, Dagmara K Witkowska, Wojciech Gryncewicz, Jan K Ober
Amblyopia is a developmental disorder of vision usually associated with the presence of strabismus and/or anisometropia during early childhood. Subject literature has shown that both the amblyopic and fellow eyes (especially in strabismic subjects) may manifest a variety of perceptual and oculomotor deficits. Previous studies using simple saccadic responses (pro-saccades) showed an increased saccadic latency only for the amblyopic eye viewing conditions. So far, there have appeared no saccadic latency studies in strabismic amblyopia for more complex volitional saccades...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27552387/bilateral-vestibulopathy-aggravates-balance-and-gait-disturbances-in-sensory-ataxic-neuropathy-dysarthria-and-ophthalmoparesis-a-case-report
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Roeland B van Leeuwen, Bart W Smits, Richard J Rodenburg, Baziel G van Engelen
In patients with a triad of sensory ataxic neuropathy, dysarthria, and ophthalmoparesis (SANDO), the presenting features are mainly ataxia or ptosis. SANDO patients often have impaired balance and gait, which is not surprising considering the combination of sensory ataxic neuropathy, and additional symptoms like cerebellar ataxia and limb girdle weakness. We describe a SANDO patient who noticed an increasingly impaired balance and gait, without any dizziness. Neurological investigation revealed an external ophthalmeplegia and a cerebellar ataxia; the head impulse test was not reliable because of eye movement disorders...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548896/perceptual-learning-in-children-with-infantile-nystagmus-effects-on-2d-oculomotor-behavior
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Bianca Huurneman, F Nienke Boonstra, Jeroen Goossens
PURPOSE: To determine changes in oculomotor behavior after 10 sessions of perceptual learning on a letter discrimination task in children with infantile nystagmus (IN). METHODS: Children with IN (18 children with idiopathic IN and 18 with oculocutaneous albinism accompanied by IN) aged 6 to 11 years were divided into two training groups matched on diagnosis: an uncrowded training group (n = 18) and a crowded training group (n = 18). Target letters always appeared briefly (500 ms) at an eccentric location, forcing subjects to quickly redirect their gaze...
August 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27540201/the-role-of-the-pharmacist-in-paediatric-palliative-care
#18
Jumana Khan, Sian Gaze, Stephen Tomlin
AIM: To explore what involvement pharmacists in the UK have in paediatric palliative care OBJECTIVES: 1. To determine the current roles and services provided by pharmacists to paediatric palliative care patients.2. To establish how other members of the multidisciplinary team perceive the pharmacist's role and the extent to which they value the pharmacist's contributions.3. To identify the references used by the multidisciplinary team to make clinical decisions about medication use in paediatric palliative care patients...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535612/the-frequency-of-small-saccades-during-fixation-is-age-independent-in-children-between-5-and-16%C3%A2-years-of-age
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Dorte Ancher Larsen, Toke Bek
PURPOSE: Fixational eye movements are necessary for maintaining normal vision by preventing a stabilized image on the retina that would result in visual fading. The movements can be divided into tremor, drifts and saccades that may be related to movements of gaze and to fixation. It has previously been shown that the frequency of fixational saccades with an amplitude larger than 3° depends on age. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether other parameters describing fixational saccades also depend on age which necessitates age correction in studies of fixation during visual development...
August 18, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27519610/impacts-of-small-vestibular-schwannoma-on-community-ambulation-postural-and-ocular-control
#20
Nancy L Low Choy, Mary-Therese M Lucey, Susan L Lewandowski, Benedict J Panizza
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate balance, community mobility, gaze instability, and dizziness handicap and assess falls risk in people who are conservatively managed with small vestibular schwannoma (VS). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study with controls. METHODS: The study involved 18 people (mean age 58.7 ± 12.2 years) diagnosed with VS (<12 mm) and 22 age-matched controls (mean age 56.9 ± 8.0 years). Measures included standing on firm and foam surfaces with feet apart, then together with eyes open and closed, Timed Up and Go (TUG) test and dual TUG test, Dynamic Gait Index, 6-Minute Walk Test, Halmagyi Impulse Test, Dynamic Visual Acuity Test, and the Dizziness Handicap Inventory...
August 13, 2016: Laryngoscope
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