The Role of the Posterior Parietal Cortex in the Planning of Saccadic Eye Movements
Ryan, Suzanne (2007) The Role of the Posterior Parietal Cortex in the Planning of Saccadic Eye Movements. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis aimed to investigate the role of posterior parietal cortex (PPC) in relation to saccade planning and more specifically the spatial remapping processes essential to this behaviour. These experiments begin through the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on a version of the classic double-step saccade paradigm (Chapter 2). TMS was not found to disrupt spatial remapping on this task and a potential explanation for this in terms of task specifications was proposed. In Chapter 4 this theme was explored further through a series of variations on the double-step saccade task, in which the order of target presentation was manipulated; these led to the conclusion that both target encoding and spatial remapping are influenced by such task-related factors.
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