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Science. 1994 Nov 11;266(5187):1054-7.

Coding of visual space by premotor neurons.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Princeton University, NJ 08544.


In primates, the premotor cortex is involved in the sensory guidance of movement. Many neurons in ventral premotor cortex respond to visual stimuli in the space adjacent to the hand or arm. These visual receptive fields were found to move when the arm moved but not when the eye moved; that is, they are in arm-centered, not retinocentric, coordinates. Thus, they provide a representation of space near the body that may be useful for the visual control of reaching.

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