The influence of moving auditory fields on postural sway behaviour in man

  • R. W. Soames
  • S. A. Raper


Postural sway behaviour was assessed, using a standard biomechanical measuring platform, in 30 young subjects (15 men, 15 women) during 60 s of erect standing in various combinations of visual input and moving auditory fields. The sway parameters investigated were mean lateral, antero-posterior, radius and velocity of sway, the area within the sway profile and the length of the sway path. The findings support the view that moving auditory fields have a destabilising influence on postural sway behaviour, and suggest that under the appropriate conditions postural sway can be “driven” by the auditory environment.

Key words

Postural sway Moving auditory fields Vision 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Soames
    • 1
  • S. A. Raper
    • 1
  1. 1.Anatomy and Human Biology Group, Biomedical Sciences DivisionKing's College LondonStrand, LondonEngland

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