Analysis of the Vestibulo-Ocular Counterroll Reflex in Primates
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The vestibulo-ocular reflex manifest by counterroll was used to determine the response dynamics of the vestibular system and alterations in these dynamics subsequent to Gx exposure. Sic rhesus monkeys were tested before and after acceleration exposure to determine if significant changes had occurred in the vestibulo-ocular counterroll reflex. The tests consisted of constant speed rotation, pendular oscillations and multiple sine wave oscillations about the subjects cyclopean axis. Ocular counterroll was recorded using a linear resolver mechanically fixed to the monkeys eyeball. The data collected was analyzed by use of the Fast Fourier Transform. This work demonstrates that there is no significant decrease in the system gain with inputs up to 1Hz the observed phase lag can be accounted for by a time delay of approximately 0.2 seconds, and there is no significant response alteration caused by acceleration loading up to 75 Gx.
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