Coordination of smooth pursuit and saccade target selection in monkeys.


The coordination of saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements in macaque monkeys was investigated using a target selection paradigm with two moving targets crossing at a center fixation point. A task in which monkeys selected a target based on its color was used to test the hypothesis that common neural signals underlie target selection for pursuit and saccades, as well as testing whether target selection signals are available to the saccade and pursuit systems simultaneously or sequentially. Several combinations of target color, speed, and direction were used. In all cases, smooth pursuit was highly selective for the rewarded target before any saccade occurred. On >80% of the trials, the saccade was directed toward the same target as both pre- and postsaccadic pursuit. The results favor a model in which a shared target selection signal is simultaneously available to both the saccade and pursuit systems, rather than a sequential model.

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@article{Case2007CoordinationOS, title={Coordination of smooth pursuit and saccade target selection in monkeys.}, author={Gilbert R Case and Vincent P. Ferrera}, journal={Journal of neurophysiology}, year={2007}, volume={98 4}, pages={2206-14} }