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The vestibular body: Vestibular contributions to bodily representations

Ferrè, ER; Haggard, P; (2016) The vestibular body: Vestibular contributions to bodily representations. Cognitive Neuropsychology , 33 (1-2) pp. 67-81. 10.1080/02643294.2016.1168390. Green open access

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Abstract

Vestibular signals are integrated with signals from other sensory modalities. This convergence could reflect an important mechanism for maintaining the perception of the body. Here we review the current literature in order to develop a framework for understanding how the vestibular system contributes to body representation. According to recent models, we distinguish between three processes for body representation, and we look at whether vestibular signals might influence each process. These are (i) somatosensation, the primary sensory processing of somatic stimuli, (ii) somatoperception, the processes of constructing percepts and experiences of somatic objects and events and (iii) somatorepresentation, the knowledge about the body as a physical object in the world. Vestibular signals appear to contribute to all three levels in this model of body processing. Thus, the traditional view of the vestibular system as a low-level, dedicated orienting module tends to underestimate the pervasive role of vestibular input in bodily self-awareness.

Type: Article
Title: The vestibular body: Vestibular contributions to bodily representations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02643294.2016.1168390
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/02643294.2016.1168390
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognitive Neuropsychology on 07-07-16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/ 10.1080/02643294.2016.1168390
Keywords: Vestibular system, body representation, multisensory integration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506132
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