Auditorily-induced illusory self-motion: A review
Journal article, 2009

The aim of this paper is to provide a first review of studies related to auditorily-induced self-motion (vection). These studies have been scarce and scattered over the years and over several research communities including clinical audiology, multisensory perception of self-motion and its neural correlates, ergonomics, and virtual reality. The reviewed studies provide evidence that auditorily-induced vection has behavioral, physiological and neural correlates. Although the sound contribution to self-motion perception appears to be weaker than the visual modality, specific acoustic cues appear to be instrumental for a number of domains including posture prosthesis, navigation in unusual gravitoinertial environments (in the air, in space, or underwater), non-visual navigation, and multisensory integration during self-motion. A number of open research questions are highlighted opening avenue for more active and systematic studies in this area. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Spatial sound

spatial presence

Virtual auditory display


postural sway behavior


Multisensory perception



circular vection



virtual environments

Cognitive acoustics

vestibular cortex

ventral intraparietal area

Auditory motion

Illusory self-motion


Alexander Väljamäe

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Room Acoustics

Brain Research Reviews

0165-0173 (ISSN)

Vol. 61 2 240-255

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Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies



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