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As the vestibular system is the only sensory organ whose primary function is self-motion detection, we examined the conditions under which the otoliths, which detect the linear acceleration of the head, could be used to estimate traveled distance. In order to isolate the contribution of the otoliths (with the somatosensory system) from contributions of the(More)
Temporal intervals production of one second was found to be more variable during self-motion compared to no motion situations. Moreover, the temporal intervals production rhythm during self-motion deceleration decreased whereas it increased during self-motion acceleration, whatever the direction of motion. As somatosensory cues were not excluded in this(More)
Previous work demonstrated that estimating time-to-contact (TTC) of moving objects towards an observer is based only on first-order information and does not take into account the acceleration information. We investigated whether smooth and continuous speed variations are considered in the extrapolation of linear self-motion towards a stationary target. The(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of chronotype (morning-type versus evening-type) living in a fixed sleep-wake schedule different from one's preferred sleep schedules on the time course of neurobehavioral performance during controlled extended wakefulness. The authors studied 9 morning-type and 9 evening-type healthy male subjects (21.4 ±(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of acute sleep deprivation and chronic sleep restriction on vigilance, performance, and self-perception of sleepiness. DESIGN Habitual night followed by 1 night of total sleep loss (acute sleep deprivation) or 5 consecutive nights of 4 hr of sleep (chronic sleep restriction) and recovery night. PARTICIPANTS(More)
INTRODUCTION The contribution of circadian system and sleep pressure influences on executive performance as a function of age has never been studied. The aim of our study was to determine the age-related evolution of inhibitory motor control (i.e., ability to suppress a prepotent motor response) and sustained attention under controlled high or low sleep(More)
A very important outcome of reduced sleep is accidents. The present chapter will attempt to bring together some of the present knowledge in this area. We will focus on the driving situation, for which the evidence of the link between sleep loss and accidents is quite well established, but we will also bring up working life in general where evidence is more(More)
A whole-body, self-driven return from passive rotation (90 degrees to 270 degrees ) test was executed by male and female subjects, and by professional female ballet dancers. To accomplish the return task, subjects were free to use the egocentered reference frame (inversion) or the exocentered one (completion). The results show that with inversion all(More)
OBJECTIVE Sleepiness at the wheel is a risk factor for traffic accidents. Past studies have demonstrated the validity of the Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) scores as a predictor of driving impairment in untreated patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), but there is limited information on the validity of the maintenance of wakefulness(More)
UNLABELLED Prolonged wakefulness greatly decreases nocturnal driving performance. The development of in-car countermeasures is a future challenge to prevent sleep-related accidents. The aim of this study is to determine whether continuous exposure to monochromatic light in the short wavelengths (blue light), placed on the dashboard, improves night-time(More)