Thursday, December 6, 2007

Surface-based and probabilistic atlases of primate cerebral cortex

Van Essen DC, Dierker DL.
Neuron. 2007 Oct 25;56(2):209-25

Brain atlases play an increasingly important role in neuroimaging, as they are invaluable for analysis, visualization, and comparison of results across studies. For both humans and macaque monkeys, digital brain atlases of many varieties are in widespread use, each having its own strengths and limitations. For studies of cerebral cortex there is particular utility in hybrid atlases that capitalize on the complementary nature of surface and volume representations, are based on a population average rather than an individual brain, and include measures of variation as well as averages. Linking different brain atlases to one another and to online databases containing a growing body of neuroimaging data will enable powerful forms of data mining that accelerate discovery and improve research efficiency.

PMID: 17964241


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