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Overview of Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology

Robert W. Baloh, Vicente Honrubia and Kevin A. Kerber

in Baloh and Honrubia's Clinical Neurophysiology of the Vestibular System, Fourth Edition

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195387834
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322787 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195387834.003.0001

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Overview of Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology

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The vestibular system transduces the forces associated with head acceleration and gravity into a biologic signal. The control centers in the brain use this signal to develop a subjective awareness of head position in relation to the environment and to produce motor reflexes for equilibrium, relating these experiences to those of other sensory systems during locomotion. The vestibular system, by means of its receptors for the perception of linear and angular acceleration, plays a central role in orientation.

Chapter.  10050 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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