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Cortical development and saccade planning: the ontogeny of the spike potential.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10790884     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The spike potential is a sharply timed positivity which precedes eye movements in adults, and is thought to indicate cortical planning of saccades. While the spike potential is observed under most conditions in adults, it has not been reported in young infants. In the present study we shed light on the ontogeny of the spike potential by demonstrating for the first time its existence in a group of older infants (12 months). This result is consistent with a relatively delayed onset of cortical control over saccades during development.
G Csibra; L A Tucker; A Volein; M H Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroreport     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0959-4965     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroreport     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-10     Completed Date:  2000-07-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100935     Medline TA:  Neuroreport     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1069-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Brain Mapping
Cerebral Cortex / anatomy & histology,  growth & development*,  physiology*
Evoked Potentials / physiology*
Photic Stimulation
Reaction Time / physiology
Saccades / physiology*

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