The origin of the Tectospinal tract is in the superior colliculus of the midbrain. As this area recieves information regarding visual input, this tract is primarily responsible for mediating reflex responses to visual stimuli.  The tectospinal tract is named after the tectum, meaning roof. The tectum can be interpreted as the 'roof' of the fourth ventrical. The fourth ventricle is made up of the superior and inferior colliculi.
Course / Path
- Passes ventromedially around the periaqueductal grey matter. 
- The Tectospinal tract receives information from the retina and cortical visual association areas . In response to visual stimuli, the tectospinal tract mediates reflex movements.It is able to orientate the head/trunk towards auditory stimulus (inferior colliculus) or visual stimuli (superior colliculus).
- During visual stimuli being sensed the neurons in the superior colliculus respond and cause the eye to saccade to the same part of the visual field. 
- Efferent fibres are thereby also sent to the reticular formation that trigger saccades and also spinal regions innervating the neck The connections with effector muscles are excitatory to contralateral neck muscle motor neurons and inhibitory to ipsilateral motor neurones.
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