Vestibular-evoked potentials (VsEPs) produced by an impulsive acceleration applied at the nasion

Todd, Neil P. M., McLean, Aisha, Paillard, Aurore, Kluk, Karolina and Colebatch, James G. (2014) Vestibular-evoked potentials (VsEPs) produced by an impulsive acceleration applied at the nasion. Experimental Brain Research, 232 (2). pp. 3771-3784. ISSN 0014-4819

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Abstract / Description

We report the results of a study to record vestibular evoked potentials (VsEPs) of cortical origin produced by impulsive acceleration (IA). In a sample of 12 healthy participants, evoked potentials recorded by 70 channel electroencephalography were obtained by IA stimulation at the nasion and compared with evoked potentials from the same stimulus applied to the forefingers. The nasion stimulation gave rise to a series of positive and negative deflections in the latency range of 26–72 ms, which were dependent on the polarity of the applied IA. In contrast, evoked potentials from the fingers were characterised by a single N50/P50 deflection at about 50 ms and were polarity invariant. Source analysis confirmed that the finger evoked potentials were somatosensory in origin, i.e. were somatosensory evoked potentials, and suggested that the nasion evoked potentials plausibly included vestibular midline and frontal sources, as well as contributions from the eyes, and thus were likely VsEPs. These results show considerable promise as a new method for assessment of the central vestibular system by means of VsEPs produced by IA applied to the head.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: impulsive acceleration (IA); vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs); vestibular evoked potentials (VsEPs)
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Aurore Bardey
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2020 14:16
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 14:16


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