Pre-excitatory pause in frontal eye field responses.

Sato T, Schall JD
Exp Brain Res. 2001 139 (1): 53-8

PMID: 11482843 · DOI:10.1007/s002210100750

We report a new characteristic of the presaccadic activity of the neurons in the frontal eye field of macaque monkeys. A fraction of neurons exhibited a significant pause in discharge rate preceding the excitatory visual or movement-related response. This pre-excitatory pause, which has been observed in striate and extrastriate visual areas, may represent a resetting of neural activation for detailed visual processing or saccade preparation.

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Action Potentials Animals Conditioning, Operant Frontal Lobe Macaca mulatta Macaca radiata Neural Inhibition Neurons Orientation Photic Stimulation Psychomotor Performance Reaction Time Saccades

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