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Why is Gyrification Advantageous?

Standard ‘Explanation’: I’ve seen countless neuroscience articles and experts explain that ‘cortical gyrification is advantageous because it increases surface area which obviously increases your intelligence’ (e.g. this wikipedia article). Question(s): But this explanation is woefully lacking, why does surface area matter at all? That implies that somehow empty space is contributing to cognition (since the […]