Modeling head tracking of visual targets

Kelvin J. Chen*, E. A. Keshner, B. W. Peterson, T. C. Hain

*Corresponding author for this work

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Control of the head involves somatosensory, vestibular, and visual feedback. The dynamics of these three feedback systems must be identified in order to gain a greater understanding of the head control system. We have completed one step in the development of a head control model by identifying the dynamics of the visual feedback system. A mathematical model of human head tracking of visual targets in the horizontal plane was fit to experimental data from seven subjects performing a visual head tracking task. The model incorporates components based on the underlying physiology of the head control system. Using optimization methods, we were able to identify neural processing delay, visual control gain, and neck viscosity parameters in each experimental subject.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium and Orientation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Gaze
  • Head control
  • Mathematical model
  • Vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology


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