Jul 22, 2005

Exposure to a rotating virtual environment during treadmill locomotion causes adaptation in heading direction

Experimental Brain Research
Ajitkumar MulavaraJacob Bloomberg


The objective of this study was to investigate the adaptive effects of variation in the direction of optic flow, experienced during linear treadmill walking, on modifying locomotor trajectory. Subjects (n=30) walked on a motorized linear treadmill at 4.0 km h(-1) for 24 min while viewing the interior of a 3D virtual scene projected on to a screen 1.5 m in front of them. The virtual scene depicted constant self-motion equivalent to either (1) walking around the perimeter of a room to one's left (Rotating Room group) or (2) walking down the center of a hallway (Infinite Corridor group). The scene was static for the first 4 min and then constant rate self-motion was simulated for the remaining 20 min. Before and after the treadmill locomotion adaptation period subjects performed five stepping trials. In each trial they marched in place to the beat of a metronome at 90 steps min(-1) for a total of 100 steps while blindfolded in a quiet room. The subject's final heading direction (deg) and final X (fore-aft, cm) and final Y (medio-lateral, cm) positions were measured for each trial. During the treadmill locomotion adaptation period subjects' 3D torso position was measured. We found that subjects in the Rotating Room group, as compar...Continue Reading

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Gait, Drop Foot
Sensorimotor Integration
Optic Flow
Motion Perception
Virtual Systems
Psychomotor Performance

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