Talk:Frontal eye fields
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Is this part of Brodmann area 8 or area 6? This article says it's in the premotor cortex (area 6), but area 8 says it contains the FEFs. I will post something on the premotor cortex article, as well. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:50, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
- I just googled FEF. One very useful looking article (giving detail on how the FEF is connected up with other parts of the brain, and on what functions it performs, with primary citations) is http://brainmind.com/FrontalEyeFieldsArea8.html which begins:
- The frontal eye fields (FEF) are located along the superior lateral convexity and is part of the premotor area but also encompasses all of area 8 as well as portions of areas 9.
- There's also some information at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~rswenson/NeuroSci/index.html which also happens to state that the FEF is a part of the motor cortex and is "located just inferior and rostral to the premotor cortex".
- It would be interesting if someone would quote whatever relevant passage they claim to be in the cited textbook. It seems like either of the above would make more useful sources to cite than a book absent from google search.
- Anyway, seems that areas 6 and 8 are adjacent and that these numbers only correspond roughly to functional areas at best, and that it is probably a matter of terminology (and there may be no consensus) whether you categorise the part controlling eye movements as distinct from or as a very specialised subset of the part controlling movements in general. Either way, lead is insufficient at present. Cesiumfrog (talk) 00:37, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
premotor theory/ differences in activation
Whilst frontal eye fields are involved in attention and oculomotor programming, it might be worth mentioning that the literature has showed differences at the neuronal level that differentiate the two types of activation.
Jeffrey Schall has done a lot of work on this using primates.
useful starter for anyone wishing to improve the article
Also, whilst the FEF are involved in visual attention, I'm sure I read a paper recently that FEF are involved somehow in auditory attention. I think that's particularly interesting because of the structure name, so perhaps somebody would like to dig that paper out too.
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