Vestibular Function in Normal and in Exceptional Conditions

  • Fred E. GuedryJr.
  • Manning J. Correia


Whereas the preceding chapter dealt primarily with the structure and response mechanisms of the vestibular receptors and their neural pathways, this chapter deals with vestibular function as it relates to various aspects of our daily living. As indicated in Chapter 9, the two classes of receptors in the vestibular system, the semicircular canals and the otolith organs, respond, respectively, to angular and linear accelerations of the head. These detectors of motion and orientation relative to the Earth operate automatically whenever the head is moved, irrespective of whether the motion is actively or passively produced. Early in life they operate automatically in close harmony with the visual and proprioceptive systems to improve coordination and control of movement. Whereas the presence of vestibular sensations is seldom recognized in natural movement, they become the center of attention in some pathological conditions and in some exceptional states of motion.


Head Movement Semicircular Canal Motion Sickness Angular Acceleration Vestibular System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred E. GuedryJr.
    • 1
  • Manning J. Correia
    • 2
  1. 1.Naval Aerospace Medical Research LaboratoryNaval Air StationPensacolaUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Otolaryngology, Physiology, and BiophysicsUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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