Coupling of Head and Body Movement With Motion of the Audible Environment

Thomas Stoffregen, Sebastien Villard, Chung Gon Kim, Kiyohide Ito, Benoît G. Bardy

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The authors asked whether standing posture could be controlled relative to audible oscillation of the environment. Blindfolded sighted adults were exposed to acoustic flow in a moving room, and were asked to move so as to maintain a constant distance between their head and the room. Acoustic flow had direct (source) and indirect (reflected) components. Participants exhibited strong coupling of postural motion with room motion, even when direct information about room motion was masked and was available only in reflected sound. Patterns of hip-ankle coordination closely resembled patterns observed in previous research involving coupling of sway with a visible moving room. The results demonstrate that blindfolded adults can control the dynamics of stance relative to motion of the audible environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1221-1231
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009


  • acoustic flow
  • audition
  • perception-action
  • posture
  • stance


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