This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition vestibular disorders
Treatments electromyography, electroencephalography, approaches from psychophysics
Sponsor Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Marseille
Start date February 2014
End date July 2017
Trial size 80 participants
Trial identifier NCT02072460, 2013-18, 2013-A00691-44


The present project aims at describing how vestibular signals contribute to the multisensory mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness.

There is a large body of data regarding the sensory and neural mechanisms of self-consciousness, but most studies have so far demonstrated the contribution of visual, tactile and proprioceptive signals to bodily self-consciousness. Thus, most studies have neglected the contribution of the vestibular system, a major sensory system for spatial and bodily representations. The vestibular system is sensitive to head motions in space and head inclinations with respect to gravity and it should therefore contribute significantly to several bodily experiences. This contribution should be put under neuroscientific scrutiny. We believe that the current neuroscientific models of bodily self-consciousness will be incomplete until they incorporate the contribution of vestibular signals.

The present project specifically aims at testing the hypothesis according to which vestibular signals significantly influence bodily self-consciousness, in particular first-person and third-person perspective taking and the internal body models (i.e. the body schema and body image). The present project also aims at describing how cortical vestibular processing is modified during experimental changes of perspective taking and viewpoint. In addition, the present project will describe whether vestibular disorders change performances in third-person perspective taking tasks and modify internal body models. This should help understanding bodily symptoms in vestibular-defective patients. To this end, we will combine approaches from psychophysics and electrophysiology (electromyography, electroencephalography) in healthy volunteers and behavioral approached in patients with vestibular disorders.

These studies should further the understanding of how the brain processes vestibular signals, which is to date poorly understood. In addition, the outcome of the present project should help understanding the multiple and complex symptoms reported by patients with vestibular diseases, and should therefore improve their treatment.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model factorial assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose supportive care
vestibular signals determination by electromyography and electroencephalography associated to approaches from psychophysics
approaches from psychophysics

Primary Outcomes

vestibular signals
time frame: 48 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patient with chirurgical treatment for Meuniere disease or accoustic neurinoma or with acute vestibular deficiency. Exclusion Criteria: - Patient with neurological history - Patient with a lack of motricity

Additional Information

Official title Vestibular and Multisensory Influence on Bodily and Spatial Representations. Behavioral and Electrophysiological Investigations in Vestibular-defective Patients and Healthy Volunteers
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Marseille.