Using Virtual Reality to Examine the Neural and Physiological Responses to Height and Perturbations in Quiet Standing

Rachneet Kaur, Rongyi Sun, Liran Ziegelman, Richard Sowers, Manuel E. Hernandez

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Abstract

We describe an experimental setup, which uses virtual reality to understand neural responses to height and perturbations in human postural control. This system could help clinicians develop better methods to alleviate symptoms from a significant fear of heights, especially in the elderly and those with movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. In our design, EEG and EKG systems monitor the participants' neural responses and heart activities respectively, while they try to maintain balance on a force plate in an induced virtual world, experiencing randomized height changes and perturbations. These responses are then analyzed to understand the participants' anxiety caused by height and postural challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5233-5236
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538613115
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Event41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Jul 23 2019Jul 27 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period7/23/197/27/19

Keywords

  • Acrophobia
  • Independent components
  • Signal processing
  • Statistical analysis
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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    Kaur, R., Sun, R., Ziegelman, L., Sowers, R., & Hernandez, M. E. (2019). Using Virtual Reality to Examine the Neural and Physiological Responses to Height and Perturbations in Quiet Standing. In 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019 (pp. 5233-5236). [8857647] (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2019.8857647