Vestibular Function in AMD: Verticality Perception

To accurately perceive one’s own state and that of the surrounding environment, visual, vestibular and somatosensory inputs must be appropriately weighted and dynamically reweighted depending on the environment and task difficulty, as well as signal reliability (and availability). Aging is associated with an increase on visual dependence (a greater weighting of visual information). In this project we investigate how loss of visual information due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects this reweighting process and if an increase in visual dependence may be maladaptive in AMD. 


  • Seesaw with eye and vestibular apparatus, with text "eye-head lab" with a photo of woman on rotating platform in eyetracker

    Shanidze Lab

    Our laboratory is interested in the mechanisms of eye and head movement and coordination and how those mechanisms are altered when visual or vestibular inputs are compromised.

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Project Members

Anca Velisar Catherine Agathos