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Brain: Vestibular cortex
The insula of the left side, exposed by removing the opercula. (Image is of left side, but there is some evidence that there may be right-sided dominance.)
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MeSH [1]

Vestibular cortex is the portion of the cerebrum which responds to input from the vestibular system.[1]

The location is not well defined, but some research indicates a right hemisphere dominance.[2]

Lesions of the vestibular nucleus impair function.[3]

The "temporo-peri-Sylvian vestibular cortex" (TPSVC) has been proposed as an analog to parietoinsular vestibular cortex found in monkeys.[4]


  1. Duque-Parra JE (September 2004). Perspective on the vestibular cortex throughout history. Anat Rec B New Anat 280 (1): 15–9.
  2. Philbeck JW, Behrmann M, Biega T, Levy L (2006). Asymmetrical perception of body rotation after unilateral injury to human vestibular cortex. Neuropsychologia 44 (10): 1878–90.
  3. Dieterich M, Bense S, Stephan T, Brandt T, Schwaiger M, Bartenstein P (April 2005). Medial vestibular nucleus lesions in Wallenberg's syndrome cause decreased activity of the contralateral vestibular cortex. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 1039: 368–83.
  4. Kahane P, Hoffmann D, Minotti L, Berthoz A (November 2003). Reappraisal of the human vestibular cortex by cortical electrical stimulation study. Ann. Neurol. 54 (5): 615–24.


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