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Research Article  |   May 1989
Current Concepts of the Vestibular System Reviewed: 2. Visual/Vestibular Interaction and Spatial Orientation
Author Affiliations
  • Helen Cohen, EdD, OTR, is a Research Associate in the Department of Neurology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. (Mailing address: Box 1135, One East 100th Street, New York, New York 10029.)
  • Emily A. Keshner, EdD, RPT, is a Research Associate in the Department of Physiology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago
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Research Article   |   May 1989
Current Concepts of the Vestibular System Reviewed: 2. Visual/Vestibular Interaction and Spatial Orientation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1989, Vol. 43, 331-338. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.5.331
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1989, Vol. 43, 331-338. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.5.331
Abstract

The vestibular system contributes to the generation of conjugate eye movements, spatial orientation, and postural control. The functional connections of the vestibular end-organs and of the descending vestibulospinal pathways and their importance to postural control were reviewed in the previous paper by Keshner and Cohen (pp. 320–330). This paper reviews the ascending vestibular pathways, the visual/vestibular interactions, and the role of the vestibular system in oculomotor control and spatial orientation.