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The Role of the Posterior Parietal Cortex and Cerebellum in the Visual Guidance of Movement

  • J. F. Stein
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 85)

Abstract

A logical way to approach the problem of finding out how vision controls movement is first to describe how visual cortical areas connect to motor structures. There are two main outputs from the visual system which are often called the ‘what’ and ‘where’ pathways (Ungerleider & Mishkin, 1982; Mishkin, 1983)). The ‘what’ stream is fed by both the parvo and magnocellular components of the retinogeniculate pathway (Merrigan & Maunsell, 1993). It is thought to be specialised for the analysis of the shape and colour of objects in order to identify them, and it projects laterally into the inferotemporal cortex. So lesions there cause visual agnosia, the inability to recognise objects by sight.

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Purkinje Cell Cerebellar Cortex Mossy Fibre Inferior Parietal Lobule Posterior Parietal Cortex 
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  • J. F. Stein
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  1. 1.University Laboratory of PhysiologyOxfordUK

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