Information Processing Underlying Gaze Control

Edited by

  • J.M. Delgado-García, University of Seville, Seville, Spain
  • E. Godaux, University of Mons-Halnaut, Mons, Belgium
  • P.-P. Vidal, Collège de France, CNRS, Paris, France

This volume summarizes recent advances in the fast growing field of information processing underlying gaze control. Gaze control is a valuable model for addressing basic questions on the functional properties of the central nervous system using the latest anatomical and electrophysiological techniques and is therefore an important area of research across the disciplines.

The book is based on a workshop which drew together leading researchers to exchange information on the computational properties of neuronal circuits underlying gaze control. The relative ease with which the appropriate sensory stimuli and the resulting behavioral responses can be defined and measured has resulted in a great amount of information on the neuronal networks which generate and control eye and head movements. However, although clear definitions for the different steps in this computational processing have emerged, the neuronal and molecular mechanisms at play are far from being elucidated. Furthermore, the relatively recent discovery that neurons have complex intrinsic membrane mechanisms which endow them with non-linear integrative properties has opened a new branch of gaze physiology, but has also further complicated the issue.

This volume, therefore, provides a state-of-the-art picture of the situation, giving special emphasis to the relatively new research areas. The seven sections each include a comprehensive overview from anatomical, electrophysiological, behavioral and modelling aspects.

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For neuroscientists, neurologists, physiologists and others with an interest in gaze control.


Book information

  • Published: December 1994
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-042506-1

Table of Contents

Chapter headings and selected papers: Preface. Section I: Morphology and Physiology of Extraocular Motor Nuclei. The anatomy of the vestibulo-ocular system in lampreys (M.A. Pombal et al.). Differential response of abducens internuclear neurons to selective target removal and electrolytic lesion in adult cats (R.R. de la Cruz et al.). Section II: Anatomo-Functional Organization of the Saccadic System. On the 3-dimensional rapid eye movement generator in the monkey (K. Hepp et al.). Collicular control of saccades by the prepositus feedback loop (O. Hardy, J. Corvisier). A neural computation: spatial to temporal transformation (C. Zamora-Ramos, G.J. Goodhill). Section III: Vestibular and Otolithic Systems. Neuroactive amino acids in vestibular afferents (I. Reichenberger et al.). Type I second-order medial vestibular neurons in the head-fixed guinea-pig during alertness and following adaptation (M. Serafin et al.). Does unilateral vestibular deafferentation affect Listing's plane? (T. Haslwanter et al.). Section IV: Optokinetic and Smooth Pursuit Systems. Segregation of retinal and visual cortex projections to the pretectum, an ultrastructural tracing study in pigmented rats (J.J.L. van der Want et al.). Similar changes in the latency of pursuit and saccadic eye movements observed with the "gap paradigm" (R.J. Krauzlis, F.A. Miles). Section V: Other Sensory Systems Involved in the Control of the Oculomotor Function. Are extraocular afferent signals involved in eye-head coupling processes? (L. Borel et al.). Auditory-evoked saccades in two dimensions: dynamical characteristics, influence of eye position, and sound source spectrum (M.A. Frens, A.J. van Opstal). Section VI: Role of Cerebellum in the Genesis and Control of Eye Movements. Vestibular and cerebellar connections subserving eye movements (N.M. Gerrits). First steps in an electrophysiological "input-output" approach of the horizontal operational unit of the flocculus (E. Godaux et al.). Vestibulo-ocular control by the cerebellar nodulo-uvular lobules (D.E. Angelaki, B.J.M. Hess). Section VII: Coordination of Eye, Head and Body Movements. Biomechanics, movement strategies and the evolution of the head-neck system in mammals (W. Graf et al.). Models of the multisensory control of gaze: the role of the superior colliculus (P. Lefèvre et al.). Author index. Subject index.

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