Sensory control of balance: Investigating sensory integration of vestibular, proprioceptive and visual feedback for balance
The vestibular system provides important sensory information for controlling balance in standing humans. However, for the brain to correctly interpret vestibular information it must be combined with other sensory modalities, including touch, proprioception and vision. Any breakdown in this integration process, caused by sensory loss or deficits in neural processing, will compromise balance and may result in a fall.This project will therefore investigate sensory integration of vestibular, proprioceptive and visual feedback for balance. We will employ Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation to evoke balance responses, and determine how changes in posture and vision affect these response. Evoked balance responses will be measured using force platforms and motion capture equipment.
Applications are sought from graduates with a neuroscience, physiology or engineering background.
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Students are also welcome to apply with their own funding for this project, either through their own person funds or by securing a scholarship.
Eligibility requirements: An Undergraduate Honours degree with a minimum classification of a 2.1 or equivalent and an English Language qualification for international students.
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