Neurotransmitters as tools in the mapping of the human brain



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Paxinos, G., Huang, X., Sexton, P. M., Toga, A. W., Wang, H. & Carrive, P. (1995). Neurotransmitters as tools in the mapping of the human brain. In D. J. Tracey, G. Paxinos & J. Stones (Eds.), Neurotransmitters in the Human Brain (pp. 1-24). New York: Springer.


As a street directory is essential to a traveller, so a map of the human brain is the most fundamental guide for anatomists, pathologists, neurologists, radiologists and psychologists. Neuroscience requires standard maps, terminology and coordinate systems for the effective study of the normal and diseased brain (Mazziotta, submitted for publication). In geographic atlases on a single physical reality a myriad of abstract representations can be superimposed, such as climate, religious affiliations and crime statistics. In an analogous fashion to mapping roads on LANDS AT images, the connections, neurochemistry, cell types and other brain imaging data can be superimposed on anatomical data, the "backbone " of the wider neuroscience research activity (Perchura and Martin, 1991).

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