Posture, Movement and Locomotion


Postural activity is the complex result of integrated orientation and motion information from visual, vestibular and somatosensory inputs. These inputs collectively contribute to a sense of body orientation relative to the Earth or other support surface and, additionally, coordinate body muscle activities that are largely automatic and independent of conscious perception and, in some cases, voluntary control (Figure 5-01).


Postural Stability Space Flight Postural Response Lower Body Negative Pressure Parabolic Flight 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté de Médecine de RangueilCentre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition UMR 5549 CNRS-Université Paul SabatierToulouse Cedex 9France
  2. 2.Neuroscience LaboratoriesNASA Johnson Space CenterHoustonUSA

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