Vestibular System – BPS Seminars

Vestibular System: a system for mental life

This is a series of seminars supported by the British Psychological Society (BPS) focusing on the psychological principles that govern vestibular-cognitive interactions.


The vestibular system provides information about the position and movement of the head that are relevant to a wide variety of autonomic, cognitive and affective functions within the human brain. Vestibular signals have extensive projections throughout the cerebral cortex and cerebellum, including areas traditionally considered as visual, somatosensory, motor, memory-related and affective. Knowledge of this extended vestibular network comes from neuroimaging studies of artificial vestibular stimulation, a technique which can be achieved by transmastoidal current or caloric ear irrigation. Both methods can reduce symptoms of various neuropsychological, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, consistent with the idea that vestibular signals can potentially influence any process that involves reference to external space. Beyond the therapeutic effects of vestibular stimulation, there is also accumulating evidence that artificial stimulation of the vestibular organs serves as a sensory and cognitive enhancer in healthy participants. In addition, vestibular pathologies have impacts that extend far beyond the immediate functions of balance, with dramatic effects on daily life.


What, when and where?

28/04/16 – Vestibular contributions to cognition @RHUL

with a Keynote Lecture by Dr Christophe Lopez (CNRS, Marseille, France)

Click here to download the program: BPS seminar @ RHUL

30/06/16 – Therapeutic vestibular stimulation in humans @University of Kent

with a Keynote Lecture by Prof H-O Karnath (University of Tuebingen, Germany)

Click here to download the program: BPS seminar @ Kent

19/09/16 – Vestibular mechanisms for well-being @University of Southampton



Seminars are organised by:

Dr Elisa Ferre (RHUL) 

Dr Sarah Kirby (University of Southampton) 

Prof Patrick Haggard (University College London) 

Dr David Wilkinson (University of Kent)