Exploring the role of the substantia nigra pars reticulata in eye movements.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Experiments that demonstrated a role for the substantia nigra in eye movements have played an important role in our understanding of the function of the basal ganglia in behavior more broadly. In this review we explore more recent experiments that extend the role of the substantia nigra pars reticulata from a simple gate for eye movements to include a role in cognitive processes for eye movements. We review recent evidence suggesting that basal ganglia nuclei beyond the substantia nigra may also play a role in eye movements and the cognitive events leading up to the production of eye movements. We close by pointing out some unresolved questions in our understanding of the relationship of basal ganglia nuclei and eye movements.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Basso, MA; Sommer, MA

Published Date

  • December 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 198 /

Start / End Page

  • 205 - 212

PubMed ID

  • 21884760

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3314308

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7544

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-4522

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.08.026


  • eng