Vestibular involvement in a passive transport and return task

Susan Miller, Michael Potegal, Larry Abraham

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Rats were trained to return to a water spout after being passively transported away from it along paths containing a 90-deg turn. Path lengths were successively increased to as much as 132 cm by a modified titration procedure. The task was successfully relearned after enucleation. Subsequent vestibular nucleus damage produced a severe, lasting deficit in this task when compared with the effects of cerebellar cortex lesions. In contrast, the vestibular lesions produced only a mild, transient impairment in an olfactory localization task. The most anterior vestibular lesions also affected air righting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPhysiological Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1983


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