Depiction of Gray and White Matter in the Brain (image) University of Missouri-Columbia Share Print E-Mail Caption Gray matter is located on the surface of the cerebral cortex and also includes deep brain structures such as the thalamus and basal ganglia. White matter is located beneath the gray matter of the cerebral cortex and comprises long neural pathways which are responsible for transferring information between gray matter regions where the processing of information occurs. Credit Shawn Christ Usage Restrictions None 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.