Inertial vestibular coding of motion: Concepts and evidence

Bernhard J.M. Hess, Dora E. Angelaki

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Central processing of inertial sensory information about head attitude and motion in space is crucial for motor control. Vestibular signals are coded relative to a non-inertial system, the head, that is virtually continuously in motion. Evidence for transformation of vestibular signals from head-fixed sensory coordinates to gravity-centered coordinates have been provided by studies of the vestibule-ocular reflex. The underlying central processing depends on otolith afferent information that needs to be resolved in terms of head translation related inertial forces and head attitude dependent pull of gravity. Theoretical solutions have been suggested, but experimental evidence is still scarce. It appears, along these lines, that gaze control systems are intimately linked to motor control of head attitude and posture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-866
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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