Alert cats were rotated sinusoidally (0.25 Hz) in their sagittal plane while viewing optokinetic motion in their horizontal plane. Vertical and horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) was measured in the dark before and after 2 h of these adaptation stimuli in upright or onside orientation of the cat. Onside exposure produced maximal adaptive horizontal VOR at the training frequency. Upright exposure produced highest gain at lower frequencies. A cat with inoperative verticalcanals adapted only to upright exposure. We conclude that in the presence of horizontal image rotation either vertical canal or otolith stimulation can produce adaptation in VOR direction and stimulation of both produces complex adaptation dynamics.
- vestibulo-ocular reflex
- vestibulo-ocular reflex direction adaptation
- vestibulo-ocular reflex modification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology