Functional Characteristics of Central Vestibular Neurons

  • Wolfgang Precht


In the preceding papers the morphology of the afferent vestibular pathway from the receptor (Chap. 1) through the primary neurons to the vestibular nuclei (Chap. 2) has been summarized, and a review of the functional properties of the primary afferents has been given (Chap. 11). Since, with few exceptions, e.g., the direct projection to the cerebellum (62), vestibular afferents synapse in the vestibular nuclei, knowledge of the response properties of vestibular secondary and higher order neurons is an important prerequisite in the understanding of the information processing occurring between receptors and effectors. In this paper the functional properties of the neurons in the vestibular nuclei will be reviewed with emphasis on their response to vestibular (canal and otolith) stimulation. As far as data allow a comparative physiologic approach will be taken describing the vestibular neuron properties of frog, cat, and monkey.


Semicircular Canal Vestibular Nucleus Primary Afferents Vestibular Function Vestibular Neuron 
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