from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The dorsal region of the cerebral cortex, especially large in higher mammals and the most recently evolved part of the brain. Also called neopallium.

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  • n. The top layer of the cerebral hemispheres in the brain of mammals; part of cerebral cortex.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cortical part of the neencephalon; the most recently evolved part of the cerebral cortex of the brain of higher animals, and the site of most of the higher brain functions; called also neopallium.

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  • n. the cortical part of the neencephalon


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  • The neocortex is a thin sheet of cells, folded to form the convolutions that have become a visual synonym for the brain itself.

    Building Brainlike Computers | Impact Lab

  • Although the entire neocortex is fairly uniform, it is divided into dozens of areas that do different things.

    Building Brainlike Computers | Impact Lab

  • Much experimental evidence supports the idea that the neocortex is such a general-purpose learning machine.

    Building Brainlike Computers | Impact Lab

  • The first phase of the project is now complete; researchers have modeled the neocortical column - a unit of the mammalian brain known as the neocortex which is responsible for higher brain functions and thought.


  • First, the neocortex is the newest part of the brain in evolutionary time.

    World Wide Mind

  • Mr. SHERWOOD: It's got a brain that has a neocortex, which is the most expanded part of the forebrain, which is shared by all mammals.

    From Primitive Parts, A Highly Evolved Human Brain

  • It does stuff now without consulting the neocortex, which is encouraging -- that's what we hope to train it to do -- but little disconcerting, because now it often will not do things it used to know how to do.

    breathe in, breathe out, move on

  • This control originates in a part of the brain called the neocortex.


  • Unlike the hippocampus, the neocortex is a master at weaving the old with the new.

    Sleep Now, Remember Later

  • Blue Brain Project The project focuses on the rat's neocortical column, or NCC, building blocks of the neocortex, which is responsible for higher functions and thought.

    Artificial Intelligence


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