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Fiber Pathways of the Brain$
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Jeremy D. Schmahmann and Deepak N. Pandya

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195104233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104233.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
Fiber Pathways of the Brain

Jeremy D. Schmahmann

Deepak N. Pandya

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the lack of information on the fiber pathways that link the different components of the distributed neural system. It argues that understanding the white matter tracts is a pivotal step in the further elaboration of knowledge of brain structure and function, particularly with regard to the anatomic substrates of higher-order behavior. It considers available technologies to study white matter pathways, including magnetic resonance tractography. It then describes the purpose of this book, which is to outline the different white matter pathways of the cerebral hemispheres using the autoradiographic technique in the animal model. The book aims to aid in the understanding of the organization of the fibers that emanate from the cerebral cortex, the “parent” node in the distributed system.

Keywords:   white matter pathways, brain, tractography, cerebral cortex, autoradiographic tract, tracing technique

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