Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Findlay & Walker: Saccade generation

Spatial programming and the representation of salience

Jay A. Edelman a1, Jacqueline Gottlieb a1 and Michael E. Goldberg a1
a1 Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892-4435 {jae; jgb; meg}


The posterior parietal cortex and frontal eye field contain maps of visual salience on which the decision to choose a saccade may be based. However, an averaging express saccade is not represented by a victorious unimodal representation in the superior colliculus. Normalization as described by Findlay & Walker is not necessary for the generation of saccades.