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Children's postural sway in response to low- and high-frequency visual information for oscillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9104008     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two experiments examined postural responses of 3- to 6-year-old children to visual information for oscillation. In Experiment 1, children saw oscillations of the surround, with these movements ranging in frequency between 0.2 and 0.8 Hz. Analyses of anterior-posterior postural sway revealed that, similar to previous developmental investigations, the frequency of sway matched the frequency of oscillations. Analyses of sway amplitude and timing, however, revealed patterns of results more in keeping with research on adults. Experiment 2 extended these findings, presenting oscillations in which the frequency changed during the trial. Analyses of anterior-posterior sway revealed that sway frequency matched both speeds of movement. In contrast, amplitude and timing measures were again in line with adult data. These results suggest that the postural sway of children contains both adultlike and nonadult-like parameters of balance control.
M A Schmuckler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0096-1523     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Publication Date:  1997 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-22     Completed Date:  1997-05-22     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502589     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  528-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Life Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Photic Stimulation
Physical Stimulation
Postural Balance / physiology*
Posture / physiology
Visual Perception / physiology*

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