Global Order and Local Disorder in Brain Maps

Vol. 38: 247-268 (Volume publication date July 2015) First published online as a Review in Advance on April 9, 2015 DOI: 10.1146/annurev-neuro-071013-014038 Gideon Rothschild1 and Adi Mizrahi2 1Department of Physiology and Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, California 94158; email: 2Department of Neurobiology, Institute of Life Sciences, The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus, 91904 Givat Ram Jerusalem, Israel; email: Web of Science ®: | Maps serve as a ubiquitous organizing principle in the mammalian brain. In several sensory systems, such as audition, vision, and somatosensation, topographic maps are evident throughout multiple levels of brain pathways. Topographic maps, like retinotopy and tonotopy, persist from the receptor surface up to the cortex. Other maps, such…

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