The actifier: A device for neurophysiological studies of orofacial control in human infants

Donald S. Finan, Steven M. Barlow

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Abstract

A new device for the stimulation of intraoral tissues in human neonates is described. This instrument, known as an actifier, features a wide frequency range for mechanical stimulation, integrated multichannel electomyographic electrode pairs, and the capacity for transducing jaw compression during non-nutritive sucking behavior. The stimulus/recording interface consists of a modified pacifier. The actifier has been used to investigate the responsiveness of the sucking central pattern generator in human infants to mechanical perturbation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-838
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1996

Keywords

  • Central pattern generator
  • Electromyography
  • Entrapment
  • Neonate
  • Orofacial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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