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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, and Lloyd B. Minor


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 n ... More

Keywords: sense, Aristotle, vestibular system, perception, consciousness, gaze, posture, neural correlates, self-motion, clinical disorders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay M. Goldberg, author
University of Chicago

Victor J. Wilson, author
Rockefeller University

Kathleen E. Cullen, author
McGill University