Postural control adaptation and habituation during vibratory proprioceptive stimulation: an HD-EEG investigation of cortical recruitment and kinematics


The objective of the present work is to measure postural kinematics and power spectral variation from HD-EEG to assess changes in cortical activity during adaptation and habituation to postural perturbation. To evoke proprioceptive postural perturbation, vibratory stimulation at 85 Hz was applied to the calf muscles of 33 subjects over four 75-second stimulation periods. Stimulation was performed according to a pseudorandom binary sequence. Vibratory impulses were synchronized to high-density electroencephalography (HD-EEG, 256 channels). Changes in absolute spectral power (ASP) were analyzed over four frequency bands (Δ: 0.5-3.5 Hz; θ: 3.5-7.5 Hz; α: 7.5-12.5 Hz; β: 12.5-30 Hz). A force platform recorded torque actuated by the feet, and normalized sway path length (SPL) was computed as a construct for postural performance during each period. SPL values indicated improvement in postural performance over the trial periods. Significant variation in absolute power values (ASP) was found in assessing postural adaptation: an increase in θ band ASP in the frontal-central region for closed-eyes trials, an increase in θ and β band ASP in the parietal region for open-eyes trials. In habituation, no significant variations in ASP were observed during closed-eyes trials, whereas an increase in θ, α, and β band ASP was observed with open eyes. Furthermore, open-eyed trials generally yielded a greater number of significant ASP differences across all bands during both adaptation and habituation, suggesting that following cortical activity during postural perturbation may be up-regulated with the availability of visual feedback. These results altogether provide deeper insight into pathological postural control failure by exploring the dynamic changes in both cortical activity and postural kinematics during adaptation and habituation to proprioceptive postural perturbation.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Balance,HD-EEG,cerebral cortex,kinematics,postural control,power spectral density,Internal Medicine,Neuroscience(all),Biomedical Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1558-0210
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 07:48
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 14:49
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-06-01
Published Online Date: 2020-04-17
Accepted Date: 2020-04-01
Authors: Barollo, Fabio
Frioriksdottir, Run
Edmunds, Kyle J.
Karlsson, Gunnar H.
Svansson, Halldor A.
Hassan, Mahmoud
Fratini, Antonio (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8894-461X)
Petersen, Hannes
Gargiulo, Paolo



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