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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217106/effect-of-noisy-galvanic-vestibular-stimulation-on-ocular-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-to-bone-conducted-vibration
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Shinichi Iwasaki, Shotaro Karino, Teru Kamogashira, Fumiharu Togo, Chisato Fujimoto, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, Tatsuya Yamasoba
OBJECTIVE: Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) delivered as zero-mean current noise (noisy GVS) has been shown to improve static and dynamic postural stability probably by enhancing vestibular information. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an imperceptible level noisy GVS on ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (oVEMPs) in response to bone-conducted vibration (BCV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: oVEMPs to BCV were measured during the application of white noise GVS with an amplitude ranging from 0 to 300 µA [in root mean square (RMS)] in 20 healthy subjects...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197672/functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-fnirs-brain-imaging-of-multi-sensory-integration-during-computerized-dynamic-posturography-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults
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Chia-Cheng Lin, Jeffrey W Barker, Patrick J Sparto, Joseph M Furman, Theodore J Huppert
Studies suggest that aging affects the sensory re-weighting process, but the neuroimaging evidence is minimal. Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a novel neuroimaging tool that can detect brain activities during dynamic movement condition. In this study, fNIRS was used to investigate the hemodynamic changes in the frontal-lateral, temporal-parietal, and occipital regions of interest (ROIs) during four sensory integration conditions that manipulated visual and somatosensory feedback in 15 middle-aged and 15 older adults...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194100/head-stability-and-head-trunk-coordination-in-horseback-riders-the-contribution-of-visual-information-according-to-expertise
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Agnès Olivier, Elise Faugloire, Laure Lejeune, Sophie Biau, Brice Isableu
Maintaining equilibrium while riding a horse is a challenging task that involves complex sensorimotor processes. We evaluated the relative contribution of visual information (static or dynamic) to horseback riders' postural stability (measured from the variability of segment position in space) and the coordination modes they adopted to regulate balance according to their level of expertise. Riders' perceptual typologies and their possible relation to postural stability were also assessed. Our main assumption was that the contribution of visual information to postural control would be reduced among expert riders in favor of vestibular and somesthetic reliance...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184173/reliability-of-inertial-sensors-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-vestibular-disorders-a-feasibility-study
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Sathish K Sankarpandi, Alice J Baldwin, Jaydip Ray, Claudia Mazzà
BACKGROUND: Vestibular disorders affect an individual's stability, balance, and gait and predispose them to falls. Traditional laboratory-based semi-objective vestibular assessments are intrusive and cumbersome provide little information about their functional ability. Commercially available wearable inertial sensors allow us to make this real life assessments objective, with a detailed view of their functional abilities. Timed Up and Go (TUG) and Postural Sway tests are commonly used tests for gait and balance assessments...
2017: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179477/perceptual-precision-of-passive-body-tilt-is-consistent-with-statistically-optimal-cue-integration
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Koeun Lim, Faisal Karmali, Keyvan Nicoucar, Daniel M Merfeld
When making perceptual decisions, humans have been shown to optimally integrate independent noisy multisensory information - matching maximum likelihood (ML) limits. Such ML estimators provide a theoretic limit to perceptual precision (i.e., minimal thresholds). However, how the brain combines two interacting (i.e., not independent) sensory cues remains an open question. To study the precision achieved when combining interacting sensory signals, we measured perceptual roll tilt and roll rotation thresholds between 0 and 5Hz in 6 normal human subjects...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176264/the-integration-of-neural-information-by-a-passive-kinetic-stimulus-and-galvanic-vestibular-stimulation-in-the-lateral-vestibular-nucleus
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Gyutae Kim, Kyu-Sung Kim, Sangmin Lee
Despite an easy control and the direct effects on vestibular neurons, the clinical applications of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) have been restricted because of its unclear activities as input. On the other hand, some critical conclusions have been made in the peripheral and the central processing of neural information by kinetic stimuli with different motion frequencies. Nevertheless, it is still elusive how the neural responses to simultaneous GVS and kinetic stimulus are modified during transmission and integration at the central vestibular area...
February 7, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163007/vestibular-contributions-to-high-level-sensorimotor-functions
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W Pieter Medendorp, Luc J P Selen
The vestibular system, which detects motion and orientation of the head in space, is known to be important in controlling gaze to stabilize vision, to ensure postural stability and to provide our sense of self-motion. While the brain's computations underlying these functions are extensively studied, the role of the vestibular system in higher level sensorimotor functions is less clear. This review covers new research on the vestibular influence on perceptual judgments, motor decisions, and the ability to learn multiple motor actions...
February 2, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157577/sensory-reweighting-after-loss-of-auditory-cues-in-healthy-adults
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Maxime Maheu, Andréanne Sharp, Simon P Landry, François Champoux
We maintain our balance using information provided by the visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems on the position of our body in space. Recent evidence has suggested that auditory input also plays a significant role for postural control, yet further investigations are required to better understand the contributions of audition to this process in healthy adults. To date, the process of sensory reweighting when auditory cues are disturbed during postural control has been overlooked. The aim of this study is to determine the impact of hearing protection on sensory reweighting for postural control in healthy adults...
January 24, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122432/functional-neuroanatomy-for-posture-and-gait-control
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Kaoru Takakusaki
Here we argue functional neuroanatomy for posture-gait control. Multi-sensory information such as somatosensory, visual and vestibular sensation act on various areas of the brain so that adaptable posture-gait control can be achieved. Automatic process of gait, which is steady-state stepping movements associating with postural reflexes including headeye coordination accompanied by appropriate alignment of body segments and optimal level of postural muscle tone, is mediated by the descending pathways from the brainstem to the spinal cord...
January 2017: Journal of Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109990/ictal-eeg-fmri-study-of-vertiginous-seizures
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Alessandra Morano, Marco Carnì, Sara Casciato, Anna Elisabetta Vaudano, Jinane Fattouch, Martina Fanella, Mariarita Albini, Luca Manfredi Basili, Giulia Lucignani, Marco Scapeccia, Regina Tomassi, Elisabetta Di Castro, Claudio Colonnese, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Carlo Di Bonaventura
Vertigo and dizziness are extremely common complaints, related to either peripheral or central nervous system disorders. Among the latter, epilepsy has to be taken into consideration: indeed, vertigo may be part of the initial aura of a focal epileptic seizure in association with other signs/symptoms, or represent the only ictal manifestation, a rare phenomenon known as "vertiginous" or "vestibular" seizure. These ictal symptoms are usually related to a discharge arising from/involving temporal or parietal areas, which are supposed to be a crucial component of the so-called "vestibular cortex"...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108496/connectivity-of-the-cingulate-sulcus-visual-area-csv-in-the-human-cerebral-cortex
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Andrew T Smith, Anton L Beer, Michele Furlan, Rogier B Mars
The human cingulate sulcus visual area (CSv) responds selectively to visual and vestibular cues to self-motion. Although it is more selective for visual self-motion cues than any other brain region studied, it is not known whether CSv mediates perception of self-motion. An alternative hypothesis, based on its location, is that it provides sensory information to the motor system for use in guiding locomotion. To evaluate this hypothesis we studied the connectivity pattern of CSv, which is completely unknown, with a combination of diffusion MRI and resting-state functional MRI...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107424/anchoring-the-self-to-the-body-in-bilateral-vestibular-failure
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Diane Deroualle, Michel Toupet, Christian van Nechel, Ulla Duquesne, Charlotte Hautefort, Christophe Lopez
Recent findings suggest that vestibular information plays a significant role in anchoring the self to the body. Out-of-body experiences of neurological origin are frequently associated with vestibular sensations, and galvanic vestibular stimulation in healthy participants anchors the self to the body. Here, we provide the first objective measures of anchoring the self to the body in chronic bilateral vestibular failure (BVF). We compared 23 patients with idiopathic BVF to 23 healthy participants in a series of experiments addressing several aspects of visuo-spatial perspective taking and embodiment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055228/preliminary-investigation-of-brain-network-activation-bna-and-its-clinical-utility-in-sport-related-concussion
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A Reches, J Kutcher, R J Elbin, H Or-Ly, B Sadeh, J Greer, D J McAllister, A Geva, A P Kontos
BACKGROUND: The clinical diagnosis and management of patients with sport-related concussion is largely dependent on subjectively reported symptoms, clinical examinations, cognitive, balance, vestibular and oculomotor testing. Consequently, there is an unmet need for objective assessment tools that can identify the injury from a physiological perspective and add an important layer of information to the clinician's decision-making process. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the study was to evaluate the clinical utility of the EEG-based tool named Brain Network Activation (BNA) as a longitudinal assessment method of brain function in the management of young athletes with concussion...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
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/28054312/latent-inhibition-reduces-nocebo-nausea-even-without-deception
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V F Quinn, E J Livesey, B Colagiuri
BACKGROUND: Nocebo nausea is a debilitating and prevalent side effect that can develop after conditioning occurs between cues present in the treatment context and the experience of nausea. Interventions that retard conditioning may therefore be able to reduce nocebo nausea. PURPOSE: To test whether 'latent inhibition', where pre-exposing cues in the absence of an outcome retards subsequent learning about those cues, could reduce nocebo nausea in healthy adults. METHODS: We examined this possibility using a Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) model of nausea in healthy participants, with pre-exposure to the treatment cues achieved using a placebo version of GVS...
January 4, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050647/deleting-the-hcn1-subunit-of-hyperpolarization-activated-ion-channels-in-mice-impairs-acoustic-startle-reflexes-gap-detection-and-spatial-localization
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James R Ison, Paul D Allen, Donata Oertel
It has been proposed that the high temporal and spatial acuities of human listeners and animals tested in the hearing laboratory depend in part on the short time constants of auditory neurons that are able to preserve or sharpen the information conveyed in the timing of firing of auditory nerve fibers. We tested this hypothesis in a series of in vivo experiments, based on previous in vitro experiments showing that neuronal time constants are raised in brainstem slices when HCN1 channels are blocked or in slices obtained from Hcn1 (-/-) null mutant mice...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039767/static-otolithic-drive-alters-presynaptic-inhibition-in-soleus-motor-pool
#17
Apollonia Fox, David Koceja
The vestibular system has both direct and indirect connections to the soleus motor pool via the vestibulospinal and reticulospinal tracts. The exact nature of how this vestibular information is integrated within the spinal cord is largely unknown. The purpose of this study was to identify whether changes in static otolithic drive altered the amount of presynaptic inhibition in the soleus H-reflex pathway. Changes in static otolithic drive were investigated in sixteen healthy participants using a tilt table...
February 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039372/global-analysis-of-protein-expression-of-inner-ear-hair-cells
#18
Ann E Hickox, Ann C Y Wong, Kwang Pak, Chelsee Strojny, Miguel Ramirez, John R Yates, Allen F Ryan, Jeffrey N Savas
: The mammalian inner ear subserves auditory and vestibular sensations via highly specialized cells and proteins. Sensory receptor hair cells (HCs) are necessary for transducing mechanical inputs and stimulating sensory neurons by employing a host of known and yet unknown protein machinery. To understand the protein composition of these unique post-mitotic cells, in which irreversible protein degradation or damage can lead to impaired hearing and balance, we analyzed inner ear samples by tandem mass spectrometry to generate an unbiased, shotgun-proteomics view of protein identities and abundances...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035656/the-internal-representation-of-head-orientation-differs-for-conscious-perception-and-balance-control
#19
Brian H Dalton, Brandon G Rasman, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin
KEY POINTS: We tested perceived head-on-feet orientation and the direction of vestibular-evoked balance responses in passively and actively held head-turned postures. The direction of vestibular-evoked balance responses was not aligned with perceived head-on-feet orientation while maintaining prolonged passively held head-turned postures. Furthermore, static visual cues of head-on-feet orientation did not update the estimate of head posture for the balance controller. A prolonged actively held head-turned posture did not elicit a rotation in the direction of the vestibular-evoked balance response despite a significant rotation in perceived angular head posture...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025116/perceived-timing-of-a-postural-perturbation
#20
Julian Lupo, Michael Barnett-Cowan
Falling down is a common event that threatens the survival of an organism. Simple, yet sophisticated neural mechanisms allow for rapid detection of a fall as well as the generation of compensatory reflexes designed to prevent a fall. Fall awareness and preventative alerting devices could potentially mitigate the likelihood of a fall, however, relatively little is known about the perceived timing of a fall. Common anecdotal reports suggest that humans often describe distortions in their perception of time with very little recollection of what occurred during the fall...
February 3, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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