Cat posture on a tilted platform

F. Lacquaniti, C. Maioli, E. Fava

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The posture of cats trained to stand freely on a platform was studied during static tilts (up to ± 30°). Vertical projection of the center of mass on the support surface, as well as limb orientation in space and degree of limb flexion, varied minimally with platform tilt angle. The limbs' main axes were kept almost lined up with the vertical. This data indicates that postural control is simplified by strong internal constraints which limit the number of possible postural configurations. The mechanical advantages of this postural strategy are also considered. Finally, the data are discussed in the context of previously held views on the role of vestibular and neck reflex control of posture in intact animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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