A virtual reality cave was installed in the fall of 2017 at the STAR Health Sciences Complex. John Jeka, who chairs the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and his research team investigate how the nervous system uses sensory information (vision, inner ear) to estimate body dynamics and guide motor processes for upright balance control. The applied goal is to better understand patient populations with neurological disease and injury that lead to balance problems. In the lab, individuals stand or walk in a room-sized virtual reality cave, which allows precise control of the visual surround along with input from vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems.

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