Superior colliculus cell types and models of saccade generation

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1994 Dec;4(6):857-61. doi: 10.1016/0959-4388(94)90134-1.


Recent experiments on the cat and monkey have revealed several different cell types within the superior colliculus, including fixation, burst, and build up cells. During primate saccades, activity remains fixed at one location in burst cells, but spreads across the colliculus in build up cells. New models based on the activity of these cell types suggest their functional roles in saccade generation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Feedback
  • Fixation, Ocular / physiology
  • Haplorhini
  • Models, Neurological
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Saccades / physiology*
  • Superior Colliculi / physiology*