Supplementary Eye Fields


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The supplementary eye fields (SEFs) are located in dorsomedial frontal cortex and contribute to high-level control of eye movements. Recordings in the SEF reveal neural activity related to vision, saccades, and fixations, and electrical stimulation in the SEF evokes saccades and fixations. Inactivations and lesions of the SEF, however, cause minimal oculomotor deficits. The SEF thus processes information relevant to eye movements and influences critical oculomotor centers but seems unnecessary for generating action. Instead, the SEF has overarching, subtle functions that include limb-eye coordination, the timing and sequencing of actions, learning, monitoring conflict, prediction, supervising behavior, value-based decision making, and the monitoring of decisions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Abzug, ZM; Sommer, MA

Published Date

  • 2017

Book Title

  • Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology

Published By

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780128093245