Discharge of Frontal Eye Field Neurons during Eye Movements in Unanesthetized Monkeys

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Science  29 Sep 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3796, pp. 1588-1590
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3796.1588


Single unit activity was recorded from the frontal eye fields (area 8) in unanesthetized monkeys seated in a primate chair with the head restrained. The frontal eye field units were identified by antidromic response to stimulation of the cerebral peduncle. The findings indicate that most of the neurons discharge only after initiation of eye movements. These cells showed steady discharge when the eyes were immobile and oriented in a specific direction.