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Structural and functional organisation of the brain (INM-1)

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The brain is structurally and functionally heterogeneous in its organization, and shows a high interindividual variability. A three-dimensional model of the human brain, which reveals structural and functional organization principles on different scales in a multi-modal approach, is necessary to understand this complexity.

This model will not only help reveal the neurobiological basics of mental capacities, but will also enable characterization of their individual facets and underlying mechanisms.

Therefore, our Institute (Structural and Functional Organization of the Brain, INM-1) focusses on the development of a three-dimensional model of the human brain based on cyto- and receptor architectonic, genetic and functional data as well as on information regarding connectivity between different brain regions.

We take both architectonical and functional criteria into consideration in order to map the human cerebral cortex, subcortical nuclei and fiber tracts. The ensuing maps are made available to the scientific community (JuBrain cytoviewer, SPM toolbox).


Big Brain


The three-dimensional virtual brain is based on information from more than 7,400 tissue sections, each of them a mere 20 micrometres thick, that were obtained from a human brain. More: BigBrain …

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Cytoarchitectonic maps in a three-dimensional atlas of the human brain. JuBrain: JuBrain …

Virtuelles Gehirn: 3D-Darstellung des menschlichen Gehirns mit direkter Interaktion durch den Betrachter

Virtual Brain

Virtual Brain - An interactive, three-dimensional representation of the human brain in cooperation with JARA-HPC. Virtual Brain: Virtual Brain …

Polarized Light Imaging (3D-PLI) – Hoch aufgelöste Bildgebung der Faserbahnanatomie des menschlichen Gehirns mit polarisiertem Licht

Polarized Light Imaging

A novel neuroimaging technique to map nerve fibers in human postmortem brains with a resolution at sub-millimeter scale Polarized Light Imaging: Polarized Light Imaging …

SPM Anatomy toolbox: Zytoarchitektonische Wahrscheinlichkeitskarten zur Gegenüberstellung mit Ergebnissen aus der funktionellen-Bildgebung

SPM Anatomy toolbox

Combining probabilistic cytoarchitectonic maps and functional imaging data SPM Anatomy toolbox: SPM Anatomy toolbox …

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The neural circuitry of language

Linking ideas and words. The Speaking Brain: The neural circuitry of language …