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Symmetry 2010, 2(3), 1544-1558; doi:10.3390/sym2031544
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Symmetries of the Central Vestibular System: Forming Movements for Gravity and a Three-Dimensional World

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Neuro-Otology Department, Legacy Research Center, 1225 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232, USA
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Received: 18 May 2010 / Accepted: 16 July 2010 / Published: 22 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers: Symmetry Concepts and Applications)
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Abstract

Intrinsic dynamics of the central vestibular system (CVS) appear to be at least partly determined by the symmetries of its connections. The CVS contributes to whole-body functions such as upright balance and maintenance of gaze direction. These functions coordinate disparate senses (visual, inertial, somatosensory, auditory) and body movements (leg, trunk, head/neck, eye). They are also unified by geometric conditions. Symmetry groups have been found to structure experimentally-recorded pathways of the central vestibular system. When related to geometric conditions in three-dimensional physical space, these symmetry groups make sense as a logical foundation for sensorimotor coordination.
Keywords: central vestibular system; sensorimotor; causal logic; symmetry; movement; integration; mathematical; oscillation; coordination central vestibular system; sensorimotor; causal logic; symmetry; movement; integration; mathematical; oscillation; coordination
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McCollum, G.; Hanes, D.A. Symmetries of the Central Vestibular System: Forming Movements for Gravity and a Three-Dimensional World. Symmetry 2010, 2, 1544-1558.

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