Unformatted text preview: can detect motion in those three planes. The ampullae detect the flow of endolymph in the three canals because of cupula deformation/displacement. The utricle and the saccule detect linear acceleration and static position of the head because the hair cell sterocilia stick out into this gel that has otoliths (little crystals). The otoliths maximize the deflection of the hair cells. Thompson: That's a good reply...
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- Spring '08
- Physiology, Utricle, Saccule cilia, Utricle cilia project