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Eur J Neurosci. 1997 May;9(5):1090-5.

Visual control of hand-reaching movement: activity in parietal area 7m.

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Istituto di Fisiologia umana, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.


The activity of single neurons was studied in parietal area 7m while monkeys performed an instructed-delay reaching task to visual targets under normal light conditions and in darkness. The task was aimed at assessing the influence of vision of hand position on the neural activity of 7m related either to static posture and movement of the hand or to eye position in the orbit. The results show the existence of preparatory, movement-related and postural activity for the control of reaching, all of which are strongly modulated by vision. The activity of many 7m neurons, otherwise insensitive to pure visual stimuli, seems to reflect complex interactions between gaze angle and hand position in the visual field.

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