Context-specific adaptation of saccade gain in parabolic flight.
ABSTRACT Previous studies established that vestibular reflexes can have two adapted states (e.g., gains) simultaneously, and that a context cue (e.g., vertical eye position) can switch between the two states. Our earlier work demonstrated this phenomenon of context-specific adaptation for saccadic eye movements: we asked for gain decrease in one context state and gain increase in another context state, and then determined if a change in the context state would invoke switching between the adapted states. Horizontal and vertical eye position and head orientation could serve, to varying degrees, as cues for switching between two different saccade gains. In the present study, we asked whether gravity magnitude could serve as a context cue: saccade adaptation was performed during parabolic flight, which provides alternating levels of gravitoinertial force (0 g and 1.8 g). Results were less robust than those from ground experiments, but established that different saccade magnitudes could be associated with different gravity levels.
Article: Compensating for camera translation in video eye-movement recordings by tracking a representative landmark selected automatically by a genetic algorithm.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: It is common in oculomotor and vestibular research to use video or still cameras to acquire data on eye movements. Unfortunately, such data are often contaminated by unwanted motion of the face relative to the camera, especially during experiments in dynamic motion environments. We develop a method for estimating the motion of a camera relative to a highly deformable surface, specifically the movement of a camera relative to the face and eyes. A small rectangular region of interest (ROI) on the face is automatically selected and tracked throughout a set of video frames as a measure of vertical camera translation. The specific goal is to present a process based on a genetic algorithm that selects a suitable ROI for tracking: one whose translation within the camera image accurately matches the actual relative motion of the camera. We find that co-correlation, a statistic describing the time series of a large group of ROIs, predicts the accuracy of the ROIs, and can be used to select the best ROI from a group. After the genetic algorithm finds the best ROIs from a group, it uses recombination to form a new generation of ROIs that inherit properties of the ROIs from the previous generation. We show that the algorithm can select an ROI that will estimate camera translation and determine the direction that the eye is looking with an average accuracy of 0.75 degrees , even with camera translations of 2.5mm at a viewing distance of 120 mm, which would cause an error of 11 degrees without correction.Journal of Neuroscience Methods 10/2008; 176(2):157-65. · 1.98 Impact Factor