Oculomotor System Biology
The oculomotor system is one of the oldest and most thoroughly studied motor control systems. While classical research centered on oculomotor biomechanics and brainstem control mechanisms, the field has evolved into numerous, divergent directions. Some examples include cortical control of eye movements; using the oculomotor system as a model to study cognitive mechanisms such as attention, perception and decision-making; integration of multiple oculomotor subsystems; molecular and functional biology of extraocular muscles; integration of polysensory inputs into motor commands; cellular mechanisms of eye movement control; neuroethological approaches to probe oculomotor mechanisms; and ocular motility disorders. Thus, classical anatomical, theoretical and electrophysiological approaches, which once formed the core of oculomotor studies, are now being supplemented with imaging, behavioral, cellular, molecular and genetic techniques.
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