Marco Dozza - PhD in Bioengineering, 2003-2007

Biofeedback Systems for Postural Control

Published Papers :

L. Chiari, M. Dozza, A. Cappello, F.B. Horak, V. Macellari, and D. Giansanti, "An accelerometry-based system for balance improvement using audio-biofeedback", IEEE Trans.Biomed.Eng., 52(12) 2118-2111, 2005. (request the full-text pdf )


Abstract - This paper introduces a prototype audio-biofeedba ck system for balance improvement through the sonification using trunk kinematic information. In tests of this system, normal healthy subjects performed several trials in which they stood quietly in three sensory conditions while wearing an accelerometric sensory unit and headphones. The audio-biofeedba ck system converted in real-time the two-dimensional horizontal trunk accelerations into a stereo sound by modulating its frequency, level, and left/right balance. Preliminary results showed that subjects improved balance using this audio-biofeedba ck system and that this improvement was greater the more that balance was challenged by absent or unreliable sensory cues. In addition, high correlations were found between the center of pressure displacement and trunk acceleration, suggesting accelerometers may be useful for quantifying standing balance.


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