Tectal microcircuit generating visual selection commands on gaze-controlling neurons.

@article{Kardamakis2015TectalMG,
  title={Tectal microcircuit generating visual selection commands on gaze-controlling neurons.},
  author={Andreas A. Kardamakis and Kazuya Saitoh and Sten Grillner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={112 15},
  pages={E1956-65}
}
The optic tectum (called superior colliculus in mammals) is critical for eye-head gaze shifts as we navigate in the terrain and need to adapt our movements to the visual scene. The neuronal mechanisms underlying the tectal contribution to stimulus selection and gaze reorientation remains, however, unclear at the microcircuit level. To analyze this complex--yet phylogenetically conserved--sensorimotor system, we developed a novel in vitro preparation in the lamprey that maintains the eye and… CONTINUE READING
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