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Visuomotor Integration

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Visuomotor transformation; Visuomotor interaction


Visuomotor integration is the coordination of neuronal activity between visual-related and motor-related parts of the brain in order to influence behavior and perception.


Vision and Movement

Vision guides movement, and movement affects vision. To facilitate the coordination between vision and movement, reciprocal interactions are needed between brain areas involved in visual and motor processing. The use of visual information to influence movement processing, and movement information to influence visual processing, is termed visuomotor integration.

For primates, vision is the primary sense. It drives behaviors as diverse as looking around a scene and moving through the world. Visual information arrives from the retina, is interpreted by a network of visual processing areas in the brain (Fig. 1, yellow arrows), and is sent to subcortical areas that cause movement generation (red arrows). In turn,...

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Shin, S., Crapse, T.B., Mayo, J.P., Sommer, M.A. (2009). Visuomotor Integration. In: Binder, M.D., Hirokawa, N., Windhorst, U. (eds) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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