K Hofstetter-Degen

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On a space mission in March 1992 a set of experiments were performed aimed at clarifying the interaction between visual, proprioceptive and vestibular inputs to the equilibrium system. Using the VESTA goggle facility from the European Space Agency we investigated the effect of pure neck receptor stimulation on eye position as measured by the flash(More)
Two subjects were rotated eccentrically in a manner described before. In contrast to a normal control group settings of a luminous line to the subjective vertical were almost unrelated to the gravitoinertial summation vector of gravity and centrifugal forces about four weeks before and totally so shortly after space flight. Only after four days post flight(More)
On a space mission in 1992 we investigated the effect of pure neck receptor stimulation on eye roll position in space. To do this, we used the flash afterimage method. We found that eye rotations in static tilted head positions are absent in weightlessness. This suggests that in microgravity the neck position receptors do not contribute to a measurable(More)
Two subjects were rotated eccentrically in the manner described previously. In contrast to a normal control group, settings of a luminous line to the subjective vertical were almost unrelated to the gravitoinertial vector before, and totally so shortly after, space flight. Only 3 days postflight did a clear relation to the gravitoinertial vector(More)
Five healthy subjects were subjected to parabolic flight with laterally tilted head, trunk, or body position. A vertical luminous line was viewed by the subjects in a head-fixed goggle device. During normal, hyper- and hypogravity phases subjective luminous line orientation was measured. The data imply that stimulation of the neck position receptors(More)
Five unmedicated subjects were flown in parabolic flight. The aircraft, a Caravelle, performed single parabolae every 2 to four minutes. This resulted in alternating phases of normal, hyper-, hypo- and again hyper-gravity. Subjects sat yoga fashion upright facing towards the aircraft cockpit. Head and/or trunk were deflected 30 degrees from the upright,(More)
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