About this Research Topic
Background: The role of inner ear extends far beyond the balance and hearing. The interaction between vestibular, visual, proprioceptive, viceroceptive and auditory entries participates in the perception of self and environment. There seems to be a dynamic and subtle ponderation of these entries as a function of their performance and reliability. Vestibular centers at the level of the midbrain with their integrators deduce speed, position, and time from acceleration. Otolithic information plays a major role not only in the estimation of the body position, but also its shape and dimensions. Otolithic entries are also considered for the interpretation of visual cues (e.g. horizontality, verticality, parallels, slopes and distances). They seem to intervene in the evaluation of natural movements following the rules of gravity. The integration of auditory information in the postural control has been the subject of many research works, but this integration appears to be dependent on the test situation (postural task, type of sound, existing deficits, etc.).
At the cortical level, vestibular inputs interact with the limbic system and participate to the sense of well-being and emotions. These interactions may alter the perceptual experience of vestibular disorders and lead to an increased disability and prolonged symptoms. All these aspects will be explored to better comprehend and treat chronic balance disorders through a wider approach than just only to the vestibular end organ.
Details for potential authors: Papers should be prepared according to Frontiers in Neurology format recommendations.
Research Topic scope: This Research Topic will welcome all papers dealing with multisensory integration and central processing of vestibular disorders and compensation.
Types of manuscript: Fundamental and clinical research original papers, reviews
Specific topics: Sensory hypersensitivity, psychological impact of vestibular disorders, movement perception
Keywords: Vestibule, multisensory integration, Postural performance, Motion Perception, Self-consciousness
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