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1

what reflex keep the eyes fixed during head movements?

vestibulo-ocular reflex

2

what reflex keeps the head balanced during body movements?

vestibulo-colic reflex

3

what kind of organs are the utricle and saccule?

otolith organs

4

saccule detects motion in which plane?

vertical

5

utricle detects motion in which plane?

horizontal

6

what is the fluid in the semicircular canals called?

endolymph

7

what do you call the tallest sensory hair cells in the vestibular apparatus?

kinocillium

8

how does the receptor in the semicircular canals work?

endolymph beats against a membrane called a cupula. this is linked to hair cells, whose directional movement directs their neuronal action.

9

how does the receptor of the otolith organs work?

endolymph moves otoconia (gravel) embedded in a gelatinous membrane. otoconia stimulate the hair cells and kinocillium to direct their neuronal action.

10

what is the name of the receptor in the semicircular canals?

cristae ampullaris

11

function of the vestibule and otolith?

linear acceleration perception
body position
eye position

12

hair cells bending towards kinocillium results in?

depolarization and rapid firing

13

hair cells bending away from kinocillium results in?

hyperpolarization and decreased firing

14

how does head left rotation affect the neuronal pathway?

vestibular nerve to
vestibulocochlear nerve to
vestibular nucleus to
contralateral abducens nucleus and ipsilateral oculomotor nucleus.
eyes are pulled to look to the right.

15

what is the name of the tract that connects the vestibular nuclei to the III, IV, and VI nuclei?

medial logitudinal fasciculus

16

what is the gain of the VOR? what can modify the gain?

gain = 1. cerebellum can modify the gain.

17

what is nystagmus?

repetitive movement of eyes back and forth. can be jerky or pendular.

18

what is vertigo?

feeling of motion when stationary

19

what are some causes of nystagmus?

diseases of retina, labyrinth (meniere's), VIII, cerebellum, brainstem, toxicity

20

which group of muscles does the vestibulospinal system favour? (think function of vestibulo-)

extensors, to help us maintain balance and stay upright against gravity.

21

which reflexes help us maintain stable heads during movement?

vestibulo-colic reflex

22

the medial longitudinal fasciculus is connected to which tract of the spinal cord?

medial vestibulospinal tract