Physiology -- Vestibular System

Mirabile, Charles S.
February 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Feb1974, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p97
Academic Journal
This article studies mental illness and susceptibility to motion sickness. Preliminary investigations have suggested that there is a direct correlation between the sensitivity of the vestibular system and symptom formation in mental illness. The authors constructed a meaningful diagnostic continuum based on the relative incidence of motion sickness in the diagnostic categories found in 191 psychiatric patients. The meaningful characteristics of the continuum include a remarkable tendency for the patients with thought disorders and affective disorders to cluster and occupy distinct positions on the mid-portion of the continuum. Since a bilateral or mirrored dysrhythmia is thought to depend upon collosal transmission, the function of the corpus collosum may be different at the extremes of the continuum and there may be greater overall inter-hemispheric access at the motion-sick end and less at the non-motion-sick extreme. If this is so, the transition from one extreme to the other might be associated with problems in inter-hemispheric coordination.


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