Accession Number : AD0664898

Title :   THE CHANGING PARAMETERS OF THE HABITUATING VESTIBULAR SYSTEM.

Descriptive Note : Jun 64-Jun 67,

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : Cramer,Robert L. ; Dowd,Patrick J. ; Moore,Edwin W. ; Collins,Frederick G.

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Nystagmic responses to a Coriolis stimulation were recorded from a human subject over a period of ten sessions of four stimuli each. The response can be approximated by simple negative exponential growth and decay functions. Repeated exposure results in a reduction of the subject's sensitivity to the stimulus. At the same time the dynamic characteristics of the system mediating the response change so as to provide a more rapid recovery from the stimulus. Both of these changes are beneficial to a pilot, as they improve his resistance to some forms of spatial disorientation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*VESTIBULAR APPARATUS, *HABITUATION LEARNING), AVIATION MEDICINE, NYSTAGMUS, PILOTS, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), RESPONSE(BIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE