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Julich-Brain Cytoarchitectonic Atlas

Julich-Brain CytoViewer impressions

Julich-Brain is a three-dimensional atlas of the human brain with maps of the cortex and subcortical areas. The atlas currently contains maps of more than 200 regions and is constantly being expanded ("living atlas"). The maps are based on the analysis of cell body stained tissue sections, which were mapped with image analysis and statistical tools in 10 postmortem brains each. This happened in more than 48 individual projects, which were published in scientific journals.

When you use the maps, please cite the primary reference of Julich-Brain:

K. Amunts, H. Mohlberg, S. Bludau, K. Zilles, Julich-Brain: A 3D probabilistic atlas of the human brain’s cytoarchitecture. Science 369, 988-992 (2020)

and the relevant publications of the areas/nuclei under investigation. The latter references are available through the Julich-Brain Atlas Viewer and the HBP-Website. Maps should not be used commercially.

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For general questions regarding cytoarchitectonic mapping please contact Prof. Katrin Amunts (

For technical and methodical questions regarding the Julich-Brain web tool please contact Hartmut Mohlberg (

Further references for probabilistic cytoarchitectonic mapping Journal Article  ;
Architectonic Mapping of the Human Brain beyond Brodmann
Neuron 88(6), 1086–1107 () [10.1016/j.neuron.2015.12.001]  Download fulltext Files BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS Journal Article  ;
Centenary of Brodmann's map - conception and fate
Nature reviews / Neuroscience 11, 139 - 145 () [10.1038/nrn2776] BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS Journal Article  ;  ;
Cytoarchitecture of the cerebral cortex - More than localization
NeuroImage 37, 1061 - 1065 () [10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.02.037] BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS Contribution to a conference proceedings/Contribution to a book  ;  ;  ;
Quantitative analysis of cyto- and receptor architecture of the human brain
Brain mapping : the methods / ed.: A. W. Toga ... - 2nd ed. - San Diego, 2002. - 0-12-693019-8. - Chapter 21, S. 573 - 602 BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS


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