Do you recall spinning in place as a child? Remember the feeling that you were still turning even after you'd flopped down on the grass? Researchers at the Neurological Sciences Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University now can recreate that sensation so that it can be studied scientifically. Results of a study incorporating the machine, published in the April 15 edition of the journal Nature, show the brain essentially creates its own version of reality when it receives conflicting information from different senses. The research is a step towards understanding how things go wrong with the extraordinarily complex systems that govern human balance and movement.
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