The Role Of The Cerebellum In The Visual Guidance Of Movement

  • J. F. Stein
  • R. C. Miall
  • D. J. Weir
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As Mitchell Glickstein described in Chapter 1, one of the largest projections leaving visual areas of the cerebral cortex is that relaying in the pons, and destined for the cerebellum. In humans some 5 million fibres leave the occipital and posterior parietal cortex on each side. They synapse with pontine neurones which project as mossy fibres, mainly to the contralateral cerebellar cortex. For comparison the whole pyramidal tract contains only about 1 million fibres; most of these also give collaterals to the pontine nuclei. The superior longitudinal fasciculus is the corticocortical pathway linking parieto-occipital cortex with prefrontal areas. Most people still assume that it is the main route for visuomotor control - but it contains only a few hundred thousand fibres.


Purkinje Cell Visual Feedback Cerebellar Hemisphere Feedforward Control Target Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Stein
    • 1
  • R. C. Miall
    • 1
  • D. J. Weir
    • 1
  1. 1.University Laboratory of PhysiologyOxfordEngland

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