Balance Enhancement Through Stochastic Resonance

Vibrating Insoles from Wyss Institute on Vimeo.

What if a 75 year old could walk like a 25 year old? That question is what starts off this video about research that is going on at the Wyss Institute. James Collins, whom many of you might recognize as one of Boston University’s best professors, is one of the leaders of this research. As people age, they lose their sense of proprioception which helps them balance. In fact, falling is the leading cause of death from injury among people older than 65 years old.  Through the phenomenon of stochastic resonance, the balance of the elderly can be significantly enhanced, and has the potential to affect many people suffering from balance deficiencies.

For more information read this paper explaining the concept further.  (BU login required) Noise Enhanced Balance Control

Nathan Hixon

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