Visual-Vestibular Interaction

  • Volker Henn
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


The sense of motion uses information from different sensory receptor organs. For humans, vestibular inputs from the inner ear and the visual system are the most important. The experience of a unique sense of motion independent of the sensory system from which the information comes requires that these different messages converge. The site and neuronal mechanism of this convergence have been widely investigated in monkeys. (Anatomical and behavioral studies indicate that mechanisms in humans are similar.)


Vestibular Nucleus Visual Stimulation Oculomotor System Vestibular Input Reciprocal Connection 

Further reading

  1. Henn V, Cohen B, Young LR (1980): Visual-vestibular interaction in motion perception and the generation of nystagmus. Neurosci Res Prog Bull 18:457–651Google Scholar
  2. Waespe W, Henn V (1977): Neuronal activity in the vestibular nuclei of the alert monkey during vestibular and optokinetic stimulation. Exp Brain Res 27:523–538CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

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