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7.2.25. nilearn.datasets.fetch_atlas_talairach

nilearn.datasets.fetch_atlas_talairach(level_name, data_dir=None, verbose=1)

Download the Talairach atlas.

New in version 0.4.0.


level_name : {‘hemisphere’, ‘lobe’, ‘gyrus’, ‘tissue’, ‘ba’}

Which level of the atlas to use: the hemisphere, the lobe, the gyrus,

the tissue type or the Brodmann area.

data_dir : str, optional (default=None)

Path of the data directory. Used to force data storage in a specified location.

verbose : int

verbosity level (0 means no message).



Dictionary-like object, contains:

  • maps: 3D Nifti image, values are indices in the list of labels.
  • labels: list of strings. Starts with ‘Background’.
  • description: a short description of the atlas and some references.


Lancaster JL, Woldorff MG, Parsons LM, Liotti M, Freitas CS, Rainey L, Kochunov PV, Nickerson D, Mikiten SA, Fox PT, “Automated Talairach Atlas labels for functional brain mapping”. Human Brain Mapping 10:120-131, 2000.

Lancaster JL, Rainey LH, Summerlin JL, Freitas CS, Fox PT, Evans AC, Toga AW, Mazziotta JC. Automated labeling of the human brain: A preliminary report on the development and evaluation of a forward-transform method. Hum Brain Mapp 5, 238-242, 1997.