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Postural Instability in a Young Dyslexic Adult Improved by Hebbian Pulse-width Modulated Lighting

Background: Postural stability is linked to vision in everyone, since when the eyes are closed stability decreases by a factor of 2 or more. However, in persons with dyslexia postural stability is often deficient even when the eyes are open, since they show deficits in motor as well as specific cognitive functions. In dyslexics we have shown that abnormal symmetry between retinal Maxwell’s centroid outlines occurs, perturbing the interhemispheric connections. We have also shown that pulse-width modulated lighting can compensate for this lack of asymmetry, improving the reading skills. Objective: As the postural stability and the vision are correlated, one may wonder if the excess of the postural instability recorded in a young adult with dyslexia can also be reduced by a pulse-width modulated light controlling the Hebbian synaptic plasticity. Method: Using a force platform we compared the postural responses of an observer without dyslexia with the responses of a subject with dyslexia, by measuring their respective standing postures with eyes open looking at a target in a room with either continuous or pulse lighting. Results: There was no effect of changing the lighting conditions on the postural control of the subject without dyslexia. However, we found that the postural stability of the subject with dyslexia which was actually impaired during continuous light, but was greatly improved when a 80 Hz pulsed light frequency was used. Importantly, the excursions of the surface area of the center of pressure on the force platform were reduced by a factor of 2.3. Conclusion: The postural instability in a dyslexic person can be improved by pulse-width modulated lighting.

Neural Connectivity, Postural Control, Visual Interactions, Synaptic Plasticity, Dyslexia, Pulse Light Effect

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Albert Le Floch, Samuel Henriat, Rosane Fourage, Guy Ropars. (2020). Postural Instability in a Young Dyslexic Adult Improved by Hebbian Pulse-width Modulated Lighting. American Journal of Internal Medicine, 8(6), 267-273.

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Albert Le Floch; Samuel Henriat; Rosane Fourage; Guy Ropars. Postural Instability in a Young Dyslexic Adult Improved by Hebbian Pulse-width Modulated Lighting. Am. J. Intern. Med. 2020, 8(6), 267-273. doi: 10.11648/j.ajim.20200806.15

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Albert Le Floch, Samuel Henriat, Rosane Fourage, Guy Ropars. Postural Instability in a Young Dyslexic Adult Improved by Hebbian Pulse-width Modulated Lighting. Am J Intern Med. 2020;8(6):267-273. doi: 10.11648/j.ajim.20200806.15

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