The Human Cerebral Cortex

1st Edition

An MRI Atlas of the Sulci and Gyri in MNI Stereotaxic Space


  • Michael Petrides
  • The Human Cerebral Cortex

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    As MRI research becomes more detailed and specialized, it becomes essential to have detailed atlases that also explain individual variability, but other atlases do not provide this detail and leave users without illustration of, or guidance regarding how to deal with the variability they inevitably encounter in research and practice. This book serves as the first cortex atlas to address this growing need, appealing to clinicians, researchers and graduate students in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery and radiology.

    The atlas provides nearly 200 photographs of 3D reconstructions of human brains in a standard series of coronal, sagittal, and horizontal sections. It illustrates in detail and labels 95% of the cortex sulci and gyri, and images are presented in the MNI stereotaxic space. In addition to the standard brain and its sections are numerous examples of brains that exhibit patterns of deviating sulci and gyri. Examples of these variants are presented next to the standard illustration, accompanied by brief commentary aimed at helping users identify these variants and use them in their own work

    Key Features

    * Nearly 200 photographic plates of the cortex in standard series of coronal, sagittal, and horizontal sections, presented in MNI stereotaxic coordinates

    * Illustrates in detail and labels all of the cortex sulci and gyri, providing more detail than any other MRI atlas

    *Provides commentary and practical guidance on the variability in the patterns of sulci and gyri, aiding readers in dealing with variability they encounter in research and practice


    Clinicians, researchers and graduate students in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery and radiology

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Methods

    Chapter 3. Overview of Sulci and Gyri of the Human Cerebral Cortex and Nomenclature

    Chapter 4. Coronal Sections

    Chapter 5. Horizontal Sections

    Chapter 4. Sagittal Sections

    Chapter 7. Frontal Lobe

    Chapter 8. Parietal Lobe

    Chapter 9. Temporal Lobe

    Chapter 10. The Sylvian fissure and the Insula

    Chapter 11. Occipital Lobe


    Index of Sulci and Gyri

    Index of Abbreviations


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    About the author

    Michael Petrides

    Dr. Petrides is a Professor of Psychology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and the Director of the Neuropsychology/Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital. His research focuses on cognition / language / perception and involves the analysis of the functions of the frontal, temporal, and parietal neocortex and related subcortical neural structures. He is an Associate Editor for the ELS journal Neuropsychologia, has authored 172 journal articles (h-index = 48), and is the author of The Human Cerebral Cortex (2011), Neuroanatomy of Language Regions of the Brain (2013) as well as co-author of 3 other atlases.