Structural and Functional Aspects of the Superior Colliculus in Primates

  • Roberta Pierson Pentney
  • John R. Cotter
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


The superior colliculus is a phylogenetically old cortex, but determination and measurement of its function in primates has proved to be a particularly difficult and challenging task. It has been known for over a century that stimulation of the colliculus produces eye movements (Adamuk, 1870), but no experimental design has yielded an adequate answer to the question of the exact functional role of the colliculus.


Receptive Field Superior Colliculus Inferior Colliculus Squirrel Monkey Tree Shrew 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Pierson Pentney
    • 1
  • John R. Cotter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomical SciencesState University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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