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The Vestibular SystemA Sixth Sense$
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Jay M. Goldberg, Victor J. Wilson, Kathleen E. Cullen, Dora E. Angelaki, Dianne M. Broussard, Jean Buttner-Ennever, Kikuro Fukushima, and Lloyd B. Minor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167085.001.0001

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The Vestibulospinal System and Postural Control

The Vestibulospinal System and Postural Control

Chapter:
10 The Vestibulospinal System and Postural Control
Source:
The Vestibular System
Author(s):

Jay M. Goldberg

Victor J. Wilson

Kathleen E. Cullen

Dora E. Angelaki

Dianne M. Broussard

Jean A. Büttner-Ennever

Kikuro Fukushima

Lloyd B. Minor

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167085.003.0010

One of the more important functions of the vestibular system is its participation, along with vision and the somatosensory system, in postural control. While all parts of the nervous system, including the cerebral cortex, contribute to the construction of postural commands, of necessity these have to be executed by way of the spinal cord (and brain stem). This chapter considers the contribution of the vestibular system to these processes. It begins with a discussion of the relative roles of reflexes and multisensory strategies in postural control.

Keywords:   vestibular system, postural control, spinal cord, vestibular reflexes

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