CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Arquivos Brasileiros de Neurocirurgia: Brazilian Neurosurgery 2020; 39(04): 261-270
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1597573
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Cortical Brain Functions – The Brodmann Legacy in the 21st Century

Funções corticais cerebrais – O legado de Brodmann no século XXI
Daniel Damiani
1   Department of Neuroscience, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2   Department of Neurology, Hospital do Servidor Público do Estado (IAMSPE/HSPE), São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Anna Maria Nascimento
1   Department of Neuroscience, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Leticia Kühl Pereira
1   Department of Neuroscience, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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In 1909, Korbinian Brodmann described 52 functional brain areas, 43 of them found in the human brain. More than a century later, his devoted functional map was incremented by Glasser et al in 2016, using functional nuclear magnetic resonance imaging techniques to propose the existence of 180 functional areas in each hemisphere, based on their cortical thickness, degree of myelination (cortical myelin content), neuronal interconnection, topographic organization, multitask answers, and assessment in their resting state. This opens a huge possibility, through functional neuroanatomy, to understand a little more about normal brain function and its functional impairment in the presence of a disease.


Em 1909, Korbinian Brodmann descreveu 52 áreas funcionais cerebrais, sendo 43 delas encontradas no cérebro humano. Seu consagrado mapa funcional foi incrementado por Glasser et al em 2016, utilizando técnicas de ressonância nuclear magnética funcional para propor a existência de 180 áreas funcionais em cada hemisfério, baseadas em sua espessura cortical, grau de mielinização, interconexão neuronal, organização topográfica, respostas a multitarefas ,e avaliação no seu estado de repouso. Abre-se uma enorme possibilidade, por meio da neuroanatomia funcional, de se entender um pouco mais sobre o funcionamento cerebral normal e do seu comprometimento funcional na presença de uma doença.

Publication History

Received: 11 August 2016

Accepted: 09 November 2016

Article published online:
30 January 2017

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