Accession Number : AD0623676

Title :   TRAINING THE VESTIBULE FOR AEROSPACE OPERATIONS. CENTRAL CONTROL OF VESTIBULAR FUNCTION,

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : GILLINGHAM,Kent K.

Report Date : SEP 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Emphasis is placed on the evidence that the vestibular system is capable of being trained. One aspect of the mechanism by which training can be wrought, the vestibular efferent system, is discussed. On the basis of the understandings of the vestibular system, of spatial disorientation, and of motion sickness, one should be able to deal with operational vestibular problems by using the tools of education and training. It remains to be determined whether the most effective and economical approach to vestibular training lies in more effective didactics, more sophisticated utilization of the suppression mechanism, the actual changing of erroneous vestibular responses into correct responses, or any combination thereof. Whatever the method, the need for vestibular training persists as long as spatial disorientation wastes the lives of aircrew and motion sickness compromises military effectiveness. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*VESTIBULAR APPARATUS, AEROSPACE MEDICINE), (*AEROSPACE MEDICINE, VESTIBULAR APPARATUS), STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), SEMICIRCULAR CANALS, ACCELERATION TOLERANCE, EAR, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, NERVES, ROTATION, MOTION SICKNESS, END ORGANS, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), HEARING, NERVOUS SYSTEM, PHYSIOLOGY, SPACE PERCEPTION, TRAINING, ADAPTATION(PHYSIOLOGY)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE