9.5.3. Example of explicit fixed effects fMRI model fitting

This example illustrates how to run a fixed effects model based on pre-computed statistics. This is helpful when the initial models have to be fit separately.

For details on the data, please see:

Dehaene-Lambertz G, Dehaene S, Anton JL, Campagne A, Ciuciu P, Dehaene G, Denghien I, Jobert A, LeBihan D, Sigman M, Pallier C, Poline JB. Functional segregation of cortical language areas by sentence repetition. Hum Brain Mapp. 2006: 27:360–371. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=2653076#R11

Please see Simple example of two-session :term:`fMRI model fitting <https://nistats.github.io/auto_examples/02_first_levels/plot_fiac_analysis.html>`_ example for details. The main difference is that the fixed-effects model is run explicitly here, after GLM fitting on two sessions. Prepare data and analysis parameters

Inspecting ‘data’, we note that there are two sessions

from nilearn.datasets import func
data = func.fetch_fiac_first_level()
fmri_img = [data['func1'], data['func2']]


Missing functional scan for session 1.
Data absent, downloading...
Extracting data from /home/nicolas/nilearn_data/fiac_nilearn.glm/nipy-data-0.2.tar.gz...Error uncompressing file: Compressed file ended before the end-of-stream marker was reached
Archive corrupted, trying to download it again.

Create a mean image for plotting purpose

from nilearn.image import mean_img
mean_img_ = mean_img(fmri_img[0])

The design matrices were pre-computed, we simply put them in a list of DataFrames

design_files = [data['design_matrix1'], data['design_matrix2']]
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
design_matrices = [pd.DataFrame(np.load(df)['X']) for df in design_files] GLM estimation

GLM specification. Note that the mask was provided in the dataset. So we use it.

from nilearn.glm.first_level import FirstLevelModel
fmri_glm = FirstLevelModel(mask_img=data['mask'], smoothing_fwhm=5,

Compute fixed effects of the two runs and compute related images For this, we first define the contrasts as we would do for a single session

n_columns = design_matrices[0].shape[1]
contrast_val = np.hstack(([-1, -1, 1, 1], np.zeros(n_columns - 4)))

Statistics for the first session

from nilearn import plotting
cut_coords = [-129, -126, 49]
contrast_id = 'DSt_minus_SSt'

fmri_glm = fmri_glm.fit(fmri_img[0], design_matrices=design_matrices[0])
summary_statistics_session1 = fmri_glm.compute_contrast(
    contrast_val, output_type='all')
    bg_img=mean_img_, threshold=3.0, cut_coords=cut_coords,
    title='{0}, first session'.format(contrast_id))
plot fixed effects


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Statistics for the second session

plot fixed effects


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Fixed effects statistics

plot fixed effects


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Not unexpectedly, the fixed effects version displays higher peaks than the input sessions. Computing fixed effects enhances the signal-to-noise ratio of the resulting brain maps Note however that, technically, the output maps of the fixed effects map is a t statistic (not a z statistic)

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