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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Eye and Neck Proprioceptive Messages Contribute to the Specification of Gaze Direction in Visually Oriented Activities

Eye and Neck Proprioceptive Messages Contribute to the Specification of Gaze Direction in Visually Oriented Activities

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(p.193) Chapter 28 Eye and Neck Proprioceptive Messages Contribute to the Specification of Gaze Direction in Visually Oriented Activities
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Régine Roll

Jean Louis velay

Jean-pierre Roll

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0028

When talking about proprioceptive knowledge of eye position sense, Steinbach pointed out that: “a most vexing problem in trying to understand the role of proprioception is to come up with some clear, unequivocal evidence for its function.” In this chapter, the authors provide some experimental evidence in favor of the functional contribution of eye and neck proprioceptive afferents to visually oriented activities. The fact that the most behavioral activities are based first and foremost on the visual grasping of a target says that the gaze direction might play a crucial role in body and limb orientation. The exact nature and origin of the extraretinal signal have not yet been firmly established.

Keywords:   proprioceptive knowledge, Steinbach, afferents, visual grasping, gaze direction, extraretinal signal

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