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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Influence of Neck Receptor Stimulation on Eye Rotation and on the Subjective Vertical: Experiments on the Tilt Table, under Water, and in Weightlessness

Influence of Neck Receptor Stimulation on Eye Rotation and on the Subjective Vertical: Experiments on the Tilt Table, under Water, and in Weightlessness

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(p.197) Chapter 29 Influence of Neck Receptor Stimulation on Eye Rotation and on the Subjective Vertical: Experiments on the Tilt Table, under Water, and in Weightlessness
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Joachim Wetzig

Rudolf J. Von Baumgarten

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0029

Since the head is pivoted in all directions on the trunk, verticality of the trunk and equilibrium must be computed from at least two sources, the otolith system and the proprioceptive system of the neck. To study the influence of neck receptors on subjective space orientation and on eye movement is quite a tough task because most procedures on the ground include neck receptor stimulation and the vestibular organ at the same time. Experiments were conducted on a land-based special tilt table that allows tilting the whole body together with the head or tilting the head relative to the body or maintaining a fixed position of the head while deflecting the body against the head.

Keywords:   otolith system, head, proprioceptive system, neck receptors, vestibular organ, tilt table

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