Microscopy Image -- Piriform Cortex (image) Salk Institute Share Print E-Mail Caption The image shows a section of the front part of the piriform cortex, an area of the brain involved in the sense of smell. The cortex layers are stained with florescent antibodies to better distinguish key differences. Layer 1 contains two separate sections; the layer closest to the black-colored surface (1a) is stained bright green, while the second part (1b) is stained orange. Layer 2 is stained white and contains a high density of neurons. Olfactory bulb neurons, important in smell processing, send signals to the branches of neurons in layer 1a. These neurons have cell bodies located in layer 2. Layer 2 neurons communicate with one another in layer 1b. Credit Salk Institute Usage Restrictions with credit and related coverage. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.