The Vestibular System: A Sixth Sense

Jay M. Goldberg, Victor J. Wilson, Kathleen E. Cullen, Dora E. Angelaki, Dianne M. Broussard, Jean Buttner-Ennever, Kikuro Fukushima, Lloyd B. Minor

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This book presents an integrative look at the sense that Aristotle missed. The vestibular system plays a vital role in everyday life, contributing to a surprising range of functions from reflexes to the highest levels of perception and consciousness. This text not only offers a review of the basics sensory transduction, the neurophysiology of peripheral and central pathways, and how vestibular signals are processed in the control of gaze and posture; it moves the discussion forward with its attention to the current research and the field's revolutionary advances, such as the understanding of neural correlates of self-motion and the basis of clinical disorders. In addition, the objective presentation of existing controversies is exciting reading and an extremely important contribution to the text's completeness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages560
ISBN (Electronic)9780199932153
ISBN (Print)9780195167085
StatePublished - May 24 2012


  • Aristotle
  • Clinical disorders
  • Consciousness
  • Gaze
  • Neural correlates
  • Perception
  • Posture
  • Self-motion
  • Sense
  • Vestibular system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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