School of Kinesiology Distinguished Seminar Speaker Series: “Why do we look where we are going?: The roles of eye movements in the control of locomotion”

Seminar Speaker: Dr. Mark Hollands, Assistant Head of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

Topic: Although it might seem fairly obvious that human pedestrians tend to look where they are going during various forms of locomotion (e.g. in a desired direction in advance of turning or at specific places on the ground that are subsequently stepped on) the nature of the information gained and how it is used by the locomotor control centres within the Central Nervous System remains unresolved. I have spent the last 25 years trying to understand the important contribution that eye movements make to the control of locomotor adaptations and the underlying neural mechanisms. During my seminar I will give an overview of my research findings that, not only demonstrate that gaze behaviour during walking forms part of a robust coordinated eye, head and whole body postural synergy, but also provide evidence that changes to where we look as a function of age, anxiety and neuropathology are causally related to increased risk of trips and falls. I will also present recent work suggesting that interventions aimed at changing maladaptive gaze behaviour show promise in improving walking safety in frail individuals.

HostDr. Mark Carpenter (Professor, UBC School of Kinesiology)   

*Lunch is cancelled. No food or beverage will be provided

*Seminar will be recorded. Please contact the Graduate Programs Assistant for the digital recording file.

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