Vestibular involvement in cognition: Visuospatial ability, attention, executive function, and memory

Robin T. Bigelow, Yuri Agrawal

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Abstract

A growing body of literature suggests the inner ear vestibular system has a substantial impact on cognitive function. The strongest evidence exists in connecting vestibular function to the cognitive domain of visuospatial ability, which includes spatial memory, navigation, mental rotation, and mental representation of three-dimensional space. Substantial evidence also exists suggesting the vestibular system has an impact on attention and cognitive processing ability. The cognitive domains of memory and executive function are also implicated in a number of studies. We will review the current literature, discuss possible causal links between vestibular dysfunction and cognitive performance, and suggest areas of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-89
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium and Orientation
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2015

Keywords

  • Vestibular system
  • cognition
  • visuospatial ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology

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