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Neural Control of Sensory Acquisition: The Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex

Paulini, Michael G. and Nelson, Mark E. and Bower, James M. (1989) Neural Control of Sensory Acquisition: The Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex. In: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 1 (NIPS 1988). Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems. No.1. Morgan Kaufmann , San Mateo, CA, pp. 410-418. ISBN 1-558-60015-9.

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We present a new hypothesis that the cerebellum plays a key role in actively controlling the acquisition of sensory infonnation by the nervous system. In this paper we explore this idea by examining the function of a simple cerebellar-related behavior, the vestibula-ocular reflex or VOR, in which eye movements are generated to minimize image slip on the retina during rapid head movements. Considering this system from the point of view of statistical estimation theory, our results suggest that the transfer function of the VOR, often regarded as a static or slowly modifiable feature of the system, should actually be continuously and rapidly changed during head movements. We further suggest that these changes are under the direct control of the cerebellar cortex and propose experiments to test this hypothesis.

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Additional Information:© 1989 Morgan Kaufmann. This work was supported by the NIH (BNS 22205), the NSF (EET-8700064), and the Joseph Drown Foundation.
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