RC3: The vestibular system: bringing balance to the self


This course will highlight the links between the vestibular system and the bodily self. It will give an overview of the vestibular system, from the inner ear to the “vestibular” cortex. It will focus on the neuroscientific study of the self and the contribution of vestibular information to bodily representations. We will examine disorders of the bodily self, vestibular pathologies and illusions to understand how the vestibular system brings balance to the self.


Learn about the vestibular system, our sense of balance, and its contribution to the bodily self.
Know what disorders of the bodily self, sensory pathologies and illusions tell us about the role of a sensory modality in the bodily self.


- Lopez C. Vestibular Cortex 2015 Brain Mapping : An Encyclopedic Reference vol.2, pp.305-312 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978012397025100227X

- Lenggenhager B. and Lopez C. 2015 Vestibular Contributions to the Sense of Body, Self, and Others. In T. Metzinger & J. M. Windt (Eds). Open MIND: 23(T). Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group https://open-mind.net/papers/vestibular-contributions-to-the-sense-of-body-self-and-others

- Lopez C. 2016 The vestibular system: balancing more than just the body Current Opinion in Neurology: February 2016 - Volume 29 - Issue 1 – p.74-83 https://journals.lww.com/co-neurology/Abstract/2016/02000/The_vestibular_system___balancing_more_than_just.14.aspx

Course location

Forum 1

Course requirements

Instructor information.

MSc Estelle Nakul


Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, LNSC, FR3C, Marseille, France


I am a 2nd year PhD student in neuroscience at Aix-Marseille University (France). I study the links between vestibular information and the bodily self. Before specializing in neuroscience for my master’s, I studied both biology and philosophy. I keep a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach in the study of the self.