Cognitive, Systems, and Computational Neurosciences of the Self in Motion

Jean Paul Noel, Dora E. Angelaki

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Navigating by path integration requires continuously estimating one's self-motion. This estimate may be derived from visual velocity and/or vestibular acceleration signals. Importantly, these senses in isolation are ill-equipped to provide accurate estimates, and thus visuo-vestibular integration is an imperative. After a summary of the visual and vestibular pathways involved, the crux of this review focuses on the human and theoretical approaches that have outlined a normative account of cue combination in behavior and neurons, as well as on the systems neuroscience efforts that are searching for its neural implementation. We then highlight a contemporary frontier in our state of knowledge: understanding how velocity cues with time-varying reliabilities are integrated into an evolving position estimate over prolonged time periods. Further, we discuss how the brain builds internal models inferring when cues ought to be integrated versus segregated mdash a process of causal inference. Lastly, we suggest that the study of spatial navigation has not yet addressed its initial condition: self-location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-129
Number of pages27
JournalAnnual review of psychology
StatePublished - 2022


  • Bayesian inference
  • body
  • multisensory
  • navigation
  • peri-personal space
  • population probabilistic coding
  • Cues
  • Neurosciences
  • Humans
  • Brain/physiology
  • Cognition
  • Motion Perception/physiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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