Eye and Head Movements

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Combined eye-head movements are commonly used to redirect the visual axis (gaze) in space. This article reviews recent advances in understanding the neural control of gaze with particular emphasis on four key issues: (1) the interactions that occur among multiple oculomotor subsystems (e.g., saccadic, pursuit, and or/vestibular), (2) the pathways that control orienting head movements, (3) the neural mechanisms that transform gaze commands into eye and head movements, and (4) the importance of integrated feedback in preserving gaze accuracy. The implications of these experimental findings are then considered in relation to current theoretical models of gaze control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain stem
  • Eye-head coordination
  • Feedback control
  • Gaze
  • Head movement
  • Head-unrestrained
  • Neck
  • Pontine reticular formation
  • Premotor
  • Saccades
  • Smooth pursuit
  • Subcortical
  • Vestibular
  • Vestibulo-ocular reflex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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