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The Role of Tactile Sensation on Locomotor Adaptation in Astronauts Returning from Long Duration Spaceflights University of Nebraska at Omaha/NASA Kennedy Space Center, Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate

The research is to determine the effect of stimulation to different sensory systems, specifically through Virtual Reality and vibrotactile stimulation, on locomotor adaptation, in hopes of developing interventions to attenuate the effects of sensory disturbances resulting from space flight. The project is based upon the investigator’s previous work on the effects of VR on human locomotion. Six faculty including three post-docs, and two graduate students were part of the research team in the past year.

Dr. Nick Stergiou, Science PI, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Experimental setup in the virtual reality laboratory (top). The visual stimulus provides accurate optic flow to enhance the illusion of self motion during treadmill locomotion. In specific aim 3, data collection is performed at Johnson Space Center (bottom).

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Dr. Jacob Bloomberg, NASA Technical Monitor, Johnson Space Center

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15

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EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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