Movement sway: Changes in postural sway during voluntary shifts of the center of pressure

Mark L. Latash, Sandra S. Ferreira, Silvana A. Wieczorek, Marcos Duarte

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We introduce a method for quantification of movement sway - spontaneous migrations of the center of pressure (COP) during its voluntary shifts. Subjects stood on a force platform or on a board with a narrow support surface ("unstable board") and performed voluntary cyclic shifts of the COP at different frequencies. Movement sway was typically higher than postural sway; sway in the mediolateral direction was particularly increased. Movement sway showed a drop with the frequency of voluntary COP shifts. During standing on the unstable board, postural sway increased while movement sway decreased. The effects of task parameters were stronger on the sway component in the direction of the voluntary COP shift than in the orthogonal direction. We interpret changes in movement sway with task parameters as partly resulting from modulation of the search function of sway during voluntary COP shifts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-324
Number of pages11
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience


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