Illustration by McCall Sarrett

Neuro Primer: Vestibular System

Knowing Neurons

Have you ever watched shaky camera footage taken by someone running frantically through the forest? The camera shot shakes and bounces, making it difficult to get a clear view of the environment, much less the details of the trees that whiz past. Why is it then, that when we are running through a forest or across a soccer field in real life, our view of the path ahead of us is fairly stable and easy to focus on? The answer lies in a crucial part of our sensory system called the vestibular system.