Functional Recovery of the Primate Oculomotor Pursuit System Following Cerebellar and Cerebral Cortical Lesions

  • R. Eckmiller
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The vertebrate central nervous system (CNS) as exemplified here by the primate oculomotor pursuit system is not based on rigid hardware and functions, but exhibits a surprising extent of adjustability and neural plasticity. Throughout life there are numerous occasions requiring functional adjustments to new sensory input combinations (e.g., visual-vestibular rivalry), to eye muscle dysfunctions, or to various functional deficits of circumscribed brain regions. In this respect the pursuit system can be regarded as a particularly sensitive monitor of sensory-motor brain functions and demonstrates the CNS as a highly fault-tolerant information-processing system, which is based on “sloppy workmanship but superb architecture”.


Cerebellar Cortex Pontine Nucleus Inferior Parietal Cortex Ibotenic Acid Pursuit System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Eckmiller
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  1. 1.Department of BiophysicsUniversity of DüsseldorfDüsseldorf 1Germany

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