Vestibular response

Bernhard J.M. Hess

in The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539789
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Vestibular response

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This chapter deals with vestibular mechanisms in motor control of eye movements with a focus on all three rotational degrees of freedom of movements. After a short overview in the first section, we address in the following the problem of inertial motion detection and kinematic restrictions, which are essential for an understanding of the spatiotemporal organization of the vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VOR). In the last two sections, finally, we discuss the issue of optimal retinal image stabilization and gain modulations by target proximity in both the rotational and translational VOR.

Keywords: vestibular mechanisms; vestibulo-ocular reflexes; retinal image; spatio-temporal organization; image stabilization

Article.  13148 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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