Descending efferents from the superior colliculus relay integrated multisensory information

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Science  08 Feb 1985:
Vol. 227, Issue 4687, pp. 657-659
DOI: 10.1126/science.3969558


By means of their efferent projections to motor and premotor structures, the cells in the deep superior colliculus are intimately involved in behaviors that control the orientation of the eyes, pinnae, and head. These same efferent cells receive multiple sensory inputs, thereby apparently enabling an animal to orient its receptor organs in response to a wide variety of cues. This sensory convergence also provides a system in which motor responses need not be immutably linked to individual stimuli but can vary in reaction to the multitude of stimuli present in the environment at any given moment.