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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System

Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Abstract

The head carries most of the sensory systems that enable us to function effectively in our three-dimensional habitat. Without adequate head movement control, efficient spatial orientation and motor responses to visual and auditory stimuli could not be carried out. This book is an account of the control of vertebrate head movements and its biomechanical and neural basis. It covers the entire spectrum of research on head-neck movements, ranging from the global description and analysis of a particular behavior to its underlying mechanisms at the level of neurotransmitter release and membrane biop ... More

Keywords: sensory systems, spatial orientation, motor responses, visual stimuli, auditory stimuli, vertebrate head control, biomechanical, head movement, head-neck movements, neurotransmitter release

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alain Berthoz, editor
CNRS Laboratory of Neurosensory Physiology

Werner Graf, editor
Rockefeller University

P. P. Vidal, editor
CNRS Laboratory of Neurosensory Physiology

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Contents

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Part I The Head-Neck System from an Anthropologic Viewpoint

Part II Evolution of the Head-Neck Movement System

Part III Comparative Aspects of the Head-Neck Movement System

A. Invertebrates

B. Vertebrates

Part IV Embryology and Ontogeny of the Head-Neck Movement System

Part V Architecture of the Head-Neck Movement System

A. Bones and Muscles

B. Models and Theories

Part VI Sensors of the Head-Neck Movement System

Part VII Neuronal Mechanisms of the Sensory-Motor Transformations in the Head-Neck Movement System

A. Spinal Mechanisms

B. Vestibular Neurons

C. Collicular and Reticular Neurons

D. Interstitial Nucleus of Cajal and Beyond

Part VIII Synergies and Strategies of Head Movements and Gaze Control

A. Head Movement Control

B. Orienting and Stabilizing Eye and Head Movements

C. Timing and Prediction

D. Linear Movement Analysis

E. Perception

F. Eye-Head Coordination and Reflex Behavior

Part IX Head Movement during Posture, Locomotion, and Complex Movements

Part X Disorders of the Head-Neck System

A. Vestibular Disorders

B. Neurologic Disorders

End Matter