Evidence for the lateral intraparietal area as the parietal eye field

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1992 Dec;2(6):840-6. doi: 10.1016/0959-4388(92)90143-9.


It has long been appreciated that the posterior parietal cortex plays a role in the processing of saccadic eye movements. Only recently has it been discovered that a small cortical area, the lateral intraparietal area, within this much larger area appears to be specialized for saccadic eye movements. Unlike other cortical areas in the posterior parietal cortex, the lateral intraparietal area has strong anatomical connections to other saccade centers, and its cells have saccade-related responses that begin before the saccades. The lateral intraparietal area appears to be neither a strictly visual nor strictly motor structure; rather it performs visuomotor integration functions including determining the spatial location of saccade targets and forming plans to make eye movements.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Haplorhini / physiology
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology
  • Parietal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*
  • Saccades / physiology*