It is known that the white matter of neocortex increases disproportionately with brain size. However, relatively few measurements have been made of white matter/gray matter scaling in the cerebellum. We present data on the volumes of white and gray matter in both structures, taken from 45 species of mammals. We find a scaling exponent of 1.13 for cerebellum and 1.28 for neocortex. The 95% confidence intervals for our estimates of these two exponents do not overlap. This difference likely reflects differences in the connectivity and/or micro-structure of white matter in the two regions.
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Dr. Eliot C. Bush
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Received: October 3, 2002
Returned for revision: November 1, 2002
Accepted after revision: November 26, 2002
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Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 20
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