Review Article

Vestibular contribution to memory processing


Background and Aim: The vestibular system contributes in the stabilization of the head and body, orientation, and gazing through the processing of sensory inputs. A wealth of evidence supports the involvement of vestibular information in higher functions, too.
Methods: In this paper, we reviewed the previous studies on the effect of the vestibular system on memory as one of the cognitive functions.
Results: Clinical and laboratory findings indicate the association of vestibular inputs (besides postural control and oculomotor) with a variety of higher functions, especially memory function. Because part of the memory function is determined by other cognitive processes i.e. attention capacity, emotional disturbances, and executive functions, the study of the effect of vestibular inputs on these functions provides a more accurate view of how the vestibular inputs affect memory performance.
Conclusion: Although our current knowledge on vestibular-memory interaction is increasing, the exact involvement of vestibular signals in memory representations is still unclear and needs further studies to determine the theoretical basis of vestibular involvement in memory processing

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Vestibular system; vestibular cortex; cognitive function; memory

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