Cortical parcellations of the macaque monkey analyzed on surface-based atlases

David C. Van Essen, Matthew F. Glasser, Donna L. Dierker, John Harwell

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Surface-based atlases provide a valuable way to analyze and visualize the functional organization of cerebral cortex. Surface-based registration (SBR) is a primary method for aligning individual hemispheres to a surface-based atlas. We used landmark-constrained SBR to register many published parcellation schemes to the macaque F99 surface-based atlas. This enables objective comparison of both similarities and differences across parcellations. Cortical areas in the macaque vary in surface area by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Based on a composite parcellation derived from 3 major sources, the total number of macaque neocortical and transitional cortical areas is estimated to be about 130-140 in each hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2227-2240
Number of pages14
JournalCerebral Cortex
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • architectonic
  • areas
  • maps
  • registration
  • retinotopy


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