The neural basis of saccade target selection

Jeffrey D. Schall, Jeremiah Y. Cohen

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The neural basis of saccade target selection reviews how the visual system locates objects that are salient through their visual features relative to surrounding objects or through their importance based on task goals and then produces an appropriate overt response like a gaze shift. The neural processes responsible for locating salient or important locations and producing saccades occur in a large number of visual and visuomotor structures and cortical areas. We will describe findings from primary visual cortex and extrastriate visual areas that represent object features and findings from the parietal lobe, the superior colliculus and the frontal eye field that represent target salience and generate motor commands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743665
ISBN (Print)9780199539789
StatePublished - Nov 21 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Gaze shift
  • Neural basis
  • Primary visual cortex
  • Saccade target selection
  • Superior colliculus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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