Self-Motion Perception: Multisensory Integration in Extrastriate Visual Cortex

Christopher R. Fetsch, Yong Gu, Gregory C. DeAngelis, Dora E. Angelaki

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The accurate perception of self-motion is essential for spatial orientation, navigation, and motor planning. Estimating our instantaneous direction of translation, or heading, is a particularly relevant multisensory problem because it requires cross-modal integration even under ordinary conditions. This chapter discusses how heading perception is a useful model for studying the neural basis of multisensory integration for two main reasons. First, there are well-defined brain structures that receive both visual and vestibular signals related to self-motion (e.g., macaque areas MSTd and VIP). Second, the problem is amenable to study using a standard "fine" psychophysical discrimination task, for which there are already well-established behavioral and neurophysiological analysis methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSensory Cue Integration
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199918379
ISBN (Print)9780195387247
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


  • Heading perception
  • Motor planning
  • Multisensory integration
  • Navigation
  • Spatial orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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