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Encyclopedia > Frontal eye fields

Frontal eye fields are areas in the frontal lobe of the primate brain that play a role in visually guided eye movements[1]. This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... The frontal lobe is an area in the brain of vertebrates. ... Comparative brain sizes In animals, the brain, or encephalon (Greek for in the head), is the control center of the central nervous system. ... Eye movements are the voluntary or involuntary movements of the eye. ...


  1. ^ Schiller PH, Chou IH. "The effects of frontal eye field and dorsomedial frontal cortex lesions on visually guided eye movements." Nat Neurosci. 1998 Jul;1(3):248-53. PMID 10195151.

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Lynch, J (187 words)
Lynch, J.C., Hoover, J.E., and Strick, P.L. Input to the primate frontal eye field from the substantia nigra, superior colliculus, and dentate nucleus demonstrated by transneuronal transport.
Tian, J.-R. and Lynch, J.C. Slow and saccadic eye movements evoked by microstimulation in the supplementary eye field of the Cebus monkey.
Tian, J.-R. and Lynch, J.C. Cortico-cortical input to the smooth and saccadic eye movement subregions of the frontal eye field in the Cebus monkey.
Now you see it: frontal eye field responses to invisible targets - Nature Neuroscience (1663 words)
Neurons in the frontal eye field respond even when a visual target is perceptually masked, but small variations in their activity predicts whether a monkey will respond to the stimulus.
One possible caveat is that FEF neurons are also active during eye movements, and the monkeys signaled their perception with an eye movement, so that the slightly larger responses on target-perceived trials might be more related to dumb motor function than to decision-making.
Thus the tight correlation between the size of the target response in the FEF and perception, coupled with the importance of the FEF for eye movements, suggests that the FEF may be critically involved in deciding whether to move the eyes.
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