Visual Input to the Pontine Nuclei

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Science  08 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4065, pp. 1110-1111
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4065.1110


Visual input to the pons was studied by anatomical and physiological methods. Cortical area 18 sends a dense projection to the rostral pons. Pontine cells respond best to targets moving in a preferred direction over a large receptive field, which usually includes the center of gaze. The results suggest a role for pontocerebellar pathways in visual control of movement.