The role of expectancy and volition in smooth pursuit eye movements

G. R. Barnes, A. M. Schmid, C. B. Jarrett

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    The most important factor allowing the generation of pursuit eye movements prior to target onset is confidence in the likelihood of imminent target appearance. We show how these anticipatory pursuit responses are essentially ballistic motor primitives and how the signal that drives them is normally defined by stored information concerning target speed, duration and direction. But we also show how static cues may be used to grade the level of these motor primitives 'on-line'. We further demonstrate that, when concatenated, these graded motor primitives can be rapidly combined to form predictive smooth movement trajectories in response to complex multi-ramp sequences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-254
    Number of pages15
    JournalProgress in Brain Research
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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