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J Neurosci. 2013 Mar 20;33(12):5241-8. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2996-12.2013.

Regional and hemispheric variation in cortical thickness in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).

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Division on of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. whopkins4@gsu.edu

Abstract

Recent advances in structural magnetic resonance imaging technology and analysis now allows for accurate in vivo measurement of cortical thickness, an important aspect of cortical organization that has historically only been conducted on postmortem brains. In this study, for the first time, we examined regional and lateralized cortical thickness in a sample of 71 chimpanzees for comparison with previously reported findings in humans. We also measured gray and white matter volumes for each subject. The results indicated that chimpanzees showed significant regional variation in cortical thickness with lower values in primary motor and sensory cortex compared with association cortex. Furthermore, chimpanzees showed significant rightward asymmetries in cortical thickness for a number of regions of interest throughout the cortex and leftward asymmetries in white but not gray matter volume. We also found that total and region-specific cortical thickness was significantly negatively correlated with white matter volume. Thus, chimpanzees with greater white matter volumes had thinner cortical thickness. The collective findings are discussed within the context of previous findings in humans and theories on the evolution of cortical organization and lateralization in primates.

PMID:
23516289
PMCID:
PMC3643894
DOI:
10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2996-12.2013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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