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8.2.25. nilearn.datasets.fetch_miyawaki2008

nilearn.datasets.fetch_miyawaki2008(data_dir=None, url=None, resume=True, verbose=1)[source]

Download and loads Miyawaki et al. 2008 dataset (153MB).

See 1.

data_dirpathlib.Path or str, optional

Path where data should be downloaded. By default, files are downloaded in home directory.

urlstr, optional

URL of file to download. Override download URL. Used for test only (or if you setup a mirror of the data). Default=None.

resumebool, optional

Whether to resume download of a partly-downloaded file. Default=True.

verboseint, optional

Verbosity level (0 means no message). Default=1.


Dictionary-like object, the interest attributes are :

  • ‘func’: string list

    Paths to nifti file with bold data

  • ‘label’: string list

    Paths to text file containing session and target data

  • ‘mask’: string

    Path to nifti mask file to define target volume in visual cortex

  • ‘background’: string

    Path to nifti file containing a background image usable as a background image for miyawaki images.


This dataset is available on the brainliner website

See additional information



Yoichi Miyawaki, Hajime Uchida, Okito Yamashita, Masa-aki Sato, Yusuke Morito, Hiroki C. Tanabe, Norihiro Sadato, and Yukiyasu Kamitani. Visual image reconstruction from human brain activity using a combination of multiscale local image decoders. Neuron, 60(5):915–929, 2008. URL:, doi: