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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine|
|Issue number||9 Pt 2|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health