Cortical Gradients and Their Role in Cognition

Daniel S. Margulies, Smadar Ovadia-Caro, Noam Saadon-Grosman, Boris Bernhardt, Beth Jefferies

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How are functions of the human cerebral cortex spatially arranged? Despite the recent transformational focus on structural and functional connectivity in cognitive neuroscience, cortical functions continue to be ascribed to discrete areas and networks. This chapter presents an emerging perspective for how cortical organization can be parsimoniously described by spatial gradients in patterns of connectivity, which provides a framework for understanding functional processing streams and large-scale cortical hierarchies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience
Subtitle of host publicationVolumes 1-3, Second edition
ISBN (Electronic)9780128196410
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Cerebral cortex
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Connectome
  • Cortical anatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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