Francois Foerster

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There are few studies on the development of oculomotor functions during childhood. B. Fischer, M. Biscaldi, and S. Gezeck (1997) reported improvement of antisaccade task performance between ages 6 and 16 years. The present study is a replication and extension of those results. In three age groups (6-7, 10-11, 18-26 years), saccades during pro- and(More)
Modern assessment of posture and motion involves the use of wide bandwidth piezoresistive accelerometers. The direct current (DC) component allows for assessment of slow motion and change in position referring to the gravitational axis: the alternating current (AC) component, calibrated in g. represents acceleration along the sensitive axis of the device. A(More)
The well-known negative correlation between initial value and difference score, referred to as the law of initial value (LIV), is analyzed in the present study. It is shown that whenever the correlation between the initial and final values is less than 1.00, the negative correlation is influenced by the a(a - b) effect. By relating values to the first(More)
Basic motion patterns and posture can be distinguished by multichannel accelerometry, as recently shown. A refinement of this method appeared to be desirable to further increase its effectiveness, especially to distinguish walking and climbing stairs, and body rotation during sleep. Recordings were made of 31 subjects, according to a standard protocol(More)
Stroke volume estimates and left ventricular ejection time (1) derived from calibrated finger pulse pressure recordings (Portapres 2, TNO-BMI, Amsterdam) based on the Model Flow method and (2) derived from impedance cardiography were compared in 20 student subjects. The recordings were made for seven conditions: supine rest, standing, mental arithmetic,(More)
Schizophrenic patients and their first-degree relatives exhibit deficits in the anti-saccade task. In the present study, anti-saccade task performance was examined in subjects with 'high' and 'low' expressions of the schizotypal personality trait. For that purpose, the SPQ-G, the German adaptation of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ; Raine,(More)
Monitoring systems enable the long-term registration of tremor in patients with Parkinson's disease This method is useful in the objective measurement of tremor during the course of treatments. Indeed, the symptoms of tremor as well as the aggravating and attenuating influences can be observed under real-life conditions. The methodology of data recording(More)
Individual differences in activation processes, as well as the consistency and predictability of these differences, constitute a classical issue eliciting much theoretical discussion in this field and as such poses an essential question for any practical application of psychophysiological methods. A typical activation experiment assessing 125 male students(More)
The role of specific response patterns obtained by means of psychophysiological activation and their temporal stability are meeting with an increasing interest in the literature because of a low correlation between psychophysiological variables and of possible implications with regard to pathogenetic mechanisms in psychosomatic disease. Two empirical(More)