Normative study of Spacelab preflight/postflight vestibular test battery.

Mark J Shelhamer, L. A. Marino, L. R. Young, A. P. Arrott, J. J. Wiseman

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A study was designed to establish baseline normative responses to the MIT/Canadian Spacelab vestibular test battery. Three tests used a linear acceleration sled to measure otolith function: 1) perception of linear motion (threshold determination); 2) compensatory eye movements (linear VOR); 3) closed-loop nulling, in which the blindfolded subject nulls his velocity with a joystick under the influences of a pseudorandom sled disturbance. Rotational VOR was measured at 0.3 and 0.8 Hz in the dark and the light. Static visual-vestibular interaction was tested with a standard rod and frame apparatus, while dynamic interaction was assessed by susceptibility to roll vection induced by a rotating peripheral visual field. Two examples are presented of how results from this study can aid in the interpretation of data from preflight/postflight testing of Space Shuttle/Spacelab crews on these same experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number9 Pt 2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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