Control of Head Movement

Control of Head Movement

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In the past, most considerations of head movement have been incidental to research on oculomotor control, vestibular function or posture and gait, so that information has been scattered throughout the scientific literature. This book draws together contributors from various scientific disciplines to give a unified view of head movement as a unique and complex motor system. The peripheral organization of this system is considered first, the nature of different neural pathways and control mechanisms later. The book's emphasis is primarily on the physiological mechanisms responsible for head movement. However, the breadth of the field is also reflected in chapters on biomechanical modelling, psychophysiology, and pathophysiology. The book had its origins in a satellite symposium of the XXX Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences. It is not, however, a collection of symposium proceedings, but rather a thoroughly edited, well-integrated account of the neurophysiological control of head movement. Each chapter surveys the research carried out on the topic under more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 771.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 96 line illustrations, 18 tables
  • 0195044991
  • 9780195044997

Table of contents

F. Richmond and P. Vidal: The motor system: joints and muscles of the neck; J. Winters: Biomechanical modelling of the human head and neck; P.K. Rose and S. Keirstead: Cervical motoneurons; F. Richmond, D. Bakker, and M. Stacey: The sensorium: receptors of the neck muscles and joints; V. Abrahams and D. Bakker: Central projections of nuchal affluent systems; E. Brink: Segmental organization of the upper cervical cord; B. Peterson: Cervicocollic and cervicoocular reflexes; V. Wilson: The tonic neck reflex: spinal circuitry; O. Ponpieano: The tonic neck reflex: supraspinal control; J. Fuller: Response of vestibular neurons to active and passive neck perterbations; V. Wilson and B. Peterson: Vestibular and reticular projections to the neck; R. Schor, R. Kearney and N. Dieringer: Reflex stabilization of the head; J. Baker and C. Wickland: Kinematic properties of the vestibulocollic reflex; A. Pellionisz and B. Peterson: A tensorial model of neck motor activation; N. Hirai: Cerebellar pathways contributing to head movement; D. Guitton: Eye-head coordination in gaze control; A. Roucoux and M. Crommelinck: Control of head movement during visual orientation; A. Grantyn and A. Berthoz: The role of the tecto-reticulo-spinal system in the control of head movement; L. Stark, W. Zangemeister and B. Hannaford: An optimal control model of the head movement system and its relation to head movement disorders; P. Rondot: Clinical disorders of head movement. more