Anteroposterior dynamic balance reactions induced by circular translation of the visual field.

Journal of physiology, Paris

PubMedID: 8865085

Séverac Cauquil A, Bessou M, Dupui P, Bessou P. Anteroposterior dynamic balance reactions induced by circular translation of the visual field. J Physiol Paris. 1997;90(2):53-62.
The anteroposterior sway of subjects under conditions of spontaneous dynamic balance on a wobbly platform was measured during visual stimulation by a visual target executing a circular trajectory in the frontal plane. The target was either a component of the whole moving visual scene or moving on a stationary background. With the former stimulation, obtained through the use of rotating prismatic glasses, every point of the visual field appeared to describe a circular trajectory around its real position so that the whole visual field appeared to be circularly translated, undistorted, inducing a binocular pursuit movement. Under these conditions, stereotyped anteroposterior dynamic balance reactions synchronous with the position of the stimulus were elicited. The latter stimulation consisted of pursuing a luminous target describing a trajectory similar to that of the fixation point seen through the rotating prisms on the same, this time stable, visual background. Although pursuit eye movements were comparable, as demonstrated by electro-oculographic recordings, no stereotyped equilibration reaction was induced. It is concluded that the translatory motion of the background image on the retina in the latter experiments contributed to the body's stability as well as to the perception of a stable environment.