Many of us seek the excitement of being on a roller-coaster, and know what vertigo feels like. However, most of us spare little thought about our conscious experience of motion and balance in our everyday lives. Does it mean that our vestibular sense is generally silent? Can we reflect on the reliability of our vestibular sense, independently of what our eyes tell us? 

Keywords: Vestibular, Balance, Self-motion, Multisensory, Metacognition


Our new investigation examines whether we can consciously, and accurately access vestibularinformation. We focus here on metacognitive confidence – seeing how we evaluate the reliability of vestibular information.

At this stage we are:

Testing how much confidence people put in their vestibular sense, by contrast with vision.

Proposing that metacognitive access challenges the status of the vestibular sense as a silent sense.

Extending these findings to clinical studies (functional dizziness) and experiences in VR.

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Our publications:

Garzorz, I. T., & MacNeilage, P. R. (2017). Visual-vestibular conflict detection depends on fixation. Current Biology, 27(18), 2856-2861.
Moroz, M., Garzorz, I., Folmer, E., & MacNeilage, P. (2019). Sensitivity to visual speed modulation in head-mounted displays depends on fixation. Displays, 58, 12-19.
Garzorz, I. T., Freeman, T. C., Ernst, M. O., & MacNeilage, P. R. (2018). Insufficient compensation for self-motion during perception of object speed: The vestibular Aubert-Fleischl phenomenon. Journal of vision, 18(13), 9-9.
Garzorz, I. T., & MacNeilage, P. R. (2019). Towards dynamic modeling of visual-vestibular conflict detection. Progress in brain research, 248, 277-284.
MacNeilage, P., & Garzorz, I. (2016). Dependence of visual-vestibular conflict detection on temporal synchrony. Journal of Vision, 16(12), 582-582.

Isabelle Garzorz
Isabelle Garzorz

Project Lead

Ophelia Deroy
Ophelia Deroy