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There is a theory called the `premotor theory of visual attention' which posits that activity that can ultimately lead to a saccade can also facilitate processing of stimuli in those places the saccade will/would go to.

Schenck summarizes three neurorobotic studies in which he evaluates visual prediction, and, more specifically, predictive remapping. He argues that his experiments support a claim in psychology saying that pre-saccadic activation of neurons whose receptive fields will contain the location of a salient stimulus after the saccade is not just pre-activation but actually a prediction of what the visual field will be like after the saccade.