Neuroscience and cognition background

List of selected resources which shaped my understanding of the field.

Online courses

Nancy Kanwisher. 9.13 The Human Brain. Spring 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare,


S. Murray Sherman and R. W. Guillery. Functional Connections of Cortical Areas: A New View from the Thalamus. August 2013. ISBN: 9780262019309. The MIT Press.

Peter Sterling and Simon Laughlin. Principles of Neural Design. June 2017. ISBN: 9780262534680. The MIT Press.

Selected papers

Mountcastle, V B. “The columnar organization of the neocortex.” Brain: a journal of neurology vol. 120 (Pt 4) (1997): 701-22. doi:10.1093/brain/120.4.701

Harris, Kenneth D, and Gordon M G Shepherd. “The neocortical circuit: themes and variations.” Nature neuroscience vol. 18,2 (2015): 170-81. doi:10.1038/nn.3917

Renner, Magdalena et al. “Self-organized developmental patterning and differentiation in cerebral organoids.” The EMBO journal vol. 36,10 (2017): 1316-1329. doi:10.15252/embj.201694700

Felleman, D J, and D C Van Essen. “Distributed hierarchical processing in the primate cerebral cortex.” Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) vol. 1,1 (1991): 1-47. doi:10.1093/cercor/1.1.1-a

Narayanan, Rajeevan T et al. “Cell Type-Specific Structural Organization of the Six Layers in Rat Barrel Cortex.” Frontiers in neuroanatomy vol. 11 91. 13 Oct. 2017, doi:10.3389/fnana.2017.00091

Spruston, Nelson. “Pyramidal neurons: dendritic structure and synaptic integration.” Nature reviews. Neuroscience vol. 9,3 (2008): 206-21. doi:10.1038/nrn2286

Rakic, Pasko. “Evolution of the neocortex: a perspective from developmental biology.” Nature reviews. Neuroscience vol. 10,10 (2009): 724-35. doi:10.1038/nrn2719

Duff, Melissa C et al. “Semantic Memory and the Hippocampus: Revisiting, Reaffirming, and Extending the Reach of Their Critical Relationship.” Frontiers in human neuroscience vol. 13 471. 24 Jan. 2020, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2019.00471

Jeurissen, Ben et al. “Diffusion MRI fiber tractography of the brain.” NMR in biomedicine vol. 32,4 (2019): e3785. doi:10.1002/nbm.3785

D’Souza, Rinaldo D, and Andreas Burkhalter. “A Laminar Organization for Selective Cortico-Cortical Communication.” Frontiers in neuroanatomy vol. 11 71. 22 Aug. 2017, doi:10.3389/fnana.2017.00071