Dennis P. O'Leary, Robert J. Peterka, David L. Tomko

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A system identification analysis was used to obtain linear response characteristics from semicircular canal afferent spike trains. The responses were cross-correlated with pseudorandom binary sequences of rotational acceleration to obtain unit impulse responses in the time domain. Accurate linear system characteristics were obtained via cross-spectral transform and transfer function fitting techniques. The results imply that particular classes of semicircular canal afferents provide information concerning particular ranges of head movement dynamics for processing by central vestibular nuclei. These results are of interest for studying the transduction mechanisms of this receptor and determining its role as an information sensor for adaptive central control processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes
EventProc IEEE Conf Decis Control Incl Symp Adapt Processes 16th, and, a Spec Symp on Fuzzy Set Theory and Appl - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Dec 7 1977Dec 9 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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