Vestibular stimulation influence on motor development in infants

Science. 1977 Jun 10;196(4295):1228-9. doi: 10.1126/science.300899.


Preambulatory, normal human infants were exposed to sessions of mild semicircular canal stimulation on 2 days per week for 4 weeks. The gross motor ability of each child was assessed before and after the 4-week period. The vestibular stimulation effected a significant improvement in gross motor skills.

MeSH terms

  • Child Development / physiology
  • Eye Movements
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Motor Skills / physiology*
  • Reflex / physiology
  • Rotation
  • Vestibule, Labyrinth / physiology*