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The topographic connectome

Jbabdi, Saad; Sotiropoulos, Stamatios N.; Behrens, Timothy E.

Authors

Saad Jbabdi

Stamatios N. Sotiropoulos

Timothy E. Behrens

Abstract

Central to macro-connectomics and much of systems neuroscience is the idea that we can summarise macroscopic brain connectivity using a network of ‘nodes’ and ‘edges’ — functionally distinct brain regions and the connections between them. This is an approach that allows a deep understanding of brain dynamics and how they relate to brain circuitry. This approach, however, ignores key features of anatomical connections, such as spatial arrangement and topographic mappings. In this article, we suggest an alternative to this paradigm. We propose that connection topographies can inform us about brain networks in ways that are complementary to the concepts of ‘nodes’ and ‘edges’. We also show that current neuroimaging technology is capable of revealing details of connection topographies in vivo. These advances, we hope, will allow us to explore brain connectivity in novel ways in the immediate future.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 30, 2013
Journal Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Print ISSN 0959-4388
Electronic ISSN 0959-4388
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Institution Citation Jbabdi, S., Sotiropoulos, S. N., & Behrens, T. E. (2013). The topographic connectome. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23(2), doi:10.1016/j.conb.2012.12.004
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conb.2012.12.004
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959438812001936?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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