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The human cerebral cortex divided into Brodmann areas on the basis of cytoarchitecture.

Cytoarchitecture (Greek κύτος= "cell" + αρχιτεκτονική= "architecture"), also known as cytoarchitectonics, is the study of the cellular composition of the body's tissues under the microscope. Applied particularly to the study of the central nervous system, cytoarchitectonics is one of the ways to parse the brain, by obtaining sections of the brain and staining them with chemical agents that reveal how neurons are "stacked" into layers.

The study of the parcellation of nerve fibers (primarily axons) into layers forms the subject of myeloarchitectonics (μυελός=marrow + αρχιτεκτονική=architecture), an approach complementary to cytoarchitectonics.[1]


  • Cerebral cytoarchitecture 1
    • Nissl staining 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3

Cerebral cytoarchitecture

Defining cerebral cytoarchitecture began with the advent of histology—the science of slicing and staining brain slices for examination.[2] It is credited to the Viennese psychiatrist Theodor Meynert (1833-1892), who in 1867 noticed regional variations in the histological structure of different parts of the gray matter in the cerebral hemispheres.[3]

Paul Flechsig was the first to present the cytoarchitecture of human brain into 40 areas.[4]

Alfred Walter Campbell, then, present the cytoarchitecture of the human brain into 14 areas.[5]

Sir Grafton Elliot Smith (1871-1937), a New South Wales native working in Cairo, identified 50 areas.[6] Korbinian Brodmann worked on the brains of diverse mammalian species and developed a division of the cerebral cortex into 52 discrete areas (of which 44 in the human, and the remaining 8 in non-human primate brain).[7][8] Brodmann used numbers to categorize the different architectural areas[2] and he believed that each of these regions served a unique functional purpose.[9]

  1. ^ James P. Byrnes; Barbara A. Wasik (23 March 2012). Language and Literacy Development: What Educators Need to Know. Guilford Press. pp. 38–.  
  2. ^ a b Michael Petrides (3 December 2013). Neuroanatomy of Language Regions of the Human Brain. Academic Press. p. 90.  
  3. ^ Meynert, T. (1872) Der Bau der Gross-Hirnrinde und seine örtlichen Verschiedenheiten, nebst einem pathologisch–anatomischen Corollarium. J.H. Heuser’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Neuwied & Leipzig.
  4. ^ Neue Untersuchungen über die Markbildung in den menschlichen Grosshirnlappen. Neurologisches Centralblatt 17, 977-996 (1898)
  5. ^ Campbell, A.W. (1903) Histological studies on cerebral localisation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 72: 488-492.
  6. ^ Elliot Smith, G. (1907) A new topographical survey of the human cerebral cortex, being an account of the distribution of the anatomically distinct cortical areas and their relationship to the cerebral sulci. Journal of Anatomy and Physiology (London) 41: 237-254.
  7. ^ Brodmann, K. (1909) Vergleichende Lokalisationslehre der Grosshirnrinde in ihren Prinzipien dargestellt auf Grund des Zellenbaues. Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig.
  8. ^ Garey, L.J. (2006) Brodmann’s Localisation in the Cerebral Cortex. Springer Science, New York.
  9. ^ Yosef Grodzinsky Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Neurolinguistics McGill University; Katrin Amunts Professor of Structural-Functional Brain Mapping Aachen University (24 March 2006). Broca's Region. Oxford University Press. p. 18.  
  10. ^ Economo, C. von, Koskinas, G.N. (1925) Die Cytoarchitektonik der Hirnrinde des erwachsenen Menschen. Julius Springer, Vienna.
  11. ^ Economo, C. von, Koskinas, G.N. (2008) Atlas of Cytoarchitectonics of the Adult Human Cerebral Cortex (translated, revised and edited by L.C. Triarhou). Karger, Basel.


See also

The Nissl staining technique (named for glia in any subregion of the central nervous system. Many other neuroanatomic and cytoarchitectonic techniques are available to supplement Nissl cytoarchitectonics, including immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, which allow one to label any gene or protein expressed in any group of cells in the brain. However, Nissl cytoarchitecture remains a reliable, inexpensive, and familiar starting or reference point for neuroscientists wishing to examine or communicate their findings in a widely recognized anatomical framework and/or in reference to neuroanatomical atlases which use the same technique.

Nissl staining

. frontal lobe They used letters to categorize the architecture, e.g., "F" for areas of the [11][10]

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