A New Map of the Brain: What Does It Mean?

A new Nature paper has earned a lot of media attention, unusually given that it’s a fairly technical and ‘basic’ piece of neuroscience. In the paper, researchers Matthew F. Glasser and colleagues present a new parcellation (or map) of the human cerebral cortex, breaking the cortex down into 180 areas per hemisphere – many more than conventional maps.

But is this, as Nature dubbed it, “the ultimate brain map”?

To generate their map, Glasser et al. first downloaded 210 people’s data from

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