Nature Reviews Neuroscience 11, 139-145 (February 2010) | doi:10.1038/nrn2776

TimelineCentenary of Brodmann's map — conception and fate

Karl Zilles1 & Katrin Amunts2  About the authors


Rarely in the history of neuroscience has a single illustration been as influential as the cytoarchitectonic map of the human brain published by Korbinian Brodmann in his monograph from 1909. The map presents the segregation of the cerebral cortex into 43 areas, as visible in cell body-stained histological sections. More importantly, Brodmann provided a comparative neuroanatomical approach and discussed ontogenetic and pathological aspects as well as structural–functional correlations. One hundred years later, a large number of neuroscientists still use Brodmann's map for localizing neuroimaging data obtained in the living human brain.

Author affiliations

  1. Karl Zilles is at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM2), Research Center Jlich, Leo-Brandt Strae, 52428 Jlich, Germany, and at the C. & O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich Heine University Dsseldorf, Moorenstr. 5, 40225 Dsseldorf, Germany.
  2. Katrin Amunts is at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Center Jülich, Leo-Brandt Straβe, 52428 Jölich, Germany, and at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstr. 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany.

Correspondence to: Katrin Amunts2 Email:

Published online 4 January 2010


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