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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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Perception of Horizontal Head and Trunk Rotation in Space: Role of Vestibular and Neck Afferents

Perception of Horizontal Head and Trunk Rotation in Space: Role of Vestibular and Neck Afferents

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(p.491) Chapter 78 Perception of Horizontal Head and Trunk Rotation in Space: Role of Vestibular and Neck Afferents
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Thomas Mergner

Christoph Siebold

Georg Schweigart

Wolfgang Becker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0078

This chapter presents the investigations relating to the trunk and head turning perception of human subjects using a broader approach. The authors in this study confirmed that a subject's trunk rotation in space can be described as the sum of vestibularly and nuchally derived signals. A model describing the interaction of vestibular and neck afferents for the self-motion perception of head-relative-to-trunk, head-in-space, and trunk-in-space rotation is presented here. The authors also mention the preliminary evidence that the interaction between neck and visual signals for trunk rotation in space in an illuminated environment has certain analogies to the vestibular-neck interaction in the dark.

Keywords:   rotation, visual signals, trunk, vestibular-neck interaction, neck, interaction

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