The VOR: A Model for Visual-Motor Plasticity

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The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) is driven by vestibular sensory signals from the labyrinths of the inner ear and generates compensatory eye movements whose goal is to maintain a clear and stable view of the environment during head movements. These eye movements are elicited with short latency and utilize relatively well-characterized neural circuitry in the pons and cerebellum. The VOR operates open-loop, thus requiring a versatile and fast way of adjusting its properties in response to changes in either the sensory drive or the motor output. Thus, it is characterized by an enormous ability to adapt to altered sensorimotor environments. The relatively simple neural architecture of these reflexive responses, coupled with their stereotyped but highly adaptable properties, make them ideal to study sensorimotor plasticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVision II
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
StatePublished - 2008


  • Adaptation
  • Extraocular motoneurons
  • Eye movement
  • Gaze stabilization
  • Linear (translational)
  • Motor learning
  • Neural integrator
  • Nystagmus
  • Optokinetic nystagmus
  • Otolith organs
  • Plasticity
  • Rotational vestibulo-ocular reflex
  • Semicircular canals
  • Vestibular nuclei
  • Vestibulo-ocular reflex
  • Vestibulocerebellum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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