Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 41, Issue 3–4, pp 431–433 | Cite as

Selection of visual targets activates prelunate cortical cells in trained rhesus monkey

  • B. Fischer
  • R. Boch
Research Note


Cells in monkey prelunate association cortex display an enhanced visual activity after the onset of a stimulus in the receptive field, when the stimulus is simultaneously selected as a target for a saccadic eye movement. In the present study we observed a separate activation which is independent of the passive visual on-response and occurs in a given cell when the animal saccades to a steady stimulus in its receptive field. The activation begins when the stimulus is selected for foveation before the eye actually moves, but is not necessarily predictive for an eye movement.

Key words

Visual cortex Association cortex Eye movements Attention Visual selection Enhancement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Fischer
    • 1
  • R. Boch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurophysiologyUniversity of FreiburgFreiburg i. Br.Federal Republic of Germany

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