March 28, 2015
The RLC will be closed on March 28th for iMake Day. Research will resume on Saturday, April 4, from 10 AM to 1 PM.
April 18 , 25, May 9, and 16
How does vision help your balance?
If you are standing up while you read this information, you are using balance! Balance helps us stand and move around without falling down. Have you ever noticed that it is harder to balance when your eyes are closed? That’s because our eyes help our brains to know where we are in space, so that our brains can tell our body how to move.
Some people have a harder time balancing than others do. Scientists don’t know if that is because of how their brains control their bodies, or how their brains interpret what their eyes see.
This study will test the role of vision in postural control. Participants will stand on a platform and balance while standing still or leaning. The study will help in understanding how people use vision to help attain balance, and whether those with Autism Spectrum Disorder use vision differently than typically developing people.
This study is a collaboration between Dr. Haylie Miller, Dr. Nicoleta Bugnariu, and PA Laura Mattingly (UNT Health Science Center) and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.