Functional neuroanatomy of the human eye movement network: a review and atlas

Benjamin Coiner, Hong Pan, Monica L. Bennett, Yelena G. Bodien, Swathi Iyer, Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, Lorene Leung, Joseph T. Giacino, Emily Stern

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The human eye movement network is a complex system that requires the integration of sensory, motor, attentional, and executive processes. Here, we review the neuroanatomy of the eye movement network with an emphasis on functional neuroimaging applications. We consolidate the literature into a concise resource designed to be immediately accessible and applicable to diverse research interests, and present the novel Functional Oculomotor System (FOcuS) Atlas—a tool in stereotaxic space that will simplify and standardize the inclusion of the eye movement network in future functional neuroimaging studies. We anticipate this review and the FOcuS Atlas will facilitate increased examination of the eye movement network across disciplines leading to a thorough understanding of how eye movement network function contributes to higher-order cognition and how it is integrated with other brain networks. Furthermore, functional examination of the eye movement network in patient populations offers the potential for deeper insight into the role of eye movement circuitry in functional network activity, diagnostic assessments, and the indications for augmentative communication systems that rely on eye movement control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2603-2617
Number of pages15
JournalBrain Structure and Function
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Atlas
  • Eye movement
  • MRI
  • Network connectivity
  • Ocular motility
  • Visual processing


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