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nilearn.datasets.fetch_atlas_talairach(level_name, data_dir=None, verbose=1)[source]#

Download the Talairach Deterministic atlas.

For more information, see 1, 2, and 3.

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_dirpathlib.Path or str, optional

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

verboseint, optional

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


Dictionary-like object, contains:

  • ‘maps’: 3D Nifti1Image, image has shape (141, 172, 110) and contains consecutive integer values from 0 to the number of regions, which are indices in the list of labels.

  • ‘labels’: list of str. List of region names. The list starts with ‘Background’ (region ID 0 in the image).

  • ‘description’: str, a short description of the atlas and some references.



Talairach atlas labels. Accessed: 2021-05-19.


Jack L. Lancaster, Marty G. Woldorff, Lawrence M. Parsons, Mario Liotti, Catarina S. Freitas, Lacy Rainey, Peter V. Kochunov, Dan Nickerson, Shawn A. Mikiten, and Peter T. Fox. Automated talairach atlas labels for functional brain mapping. Human Brain Mapping, 10(3):120–131, 2000. URL:, arXiv:, doi:<120::AID-HBM30>3.0.CO;2-8.


J.L. Lancaster, L.H. Rainey, J.L. Summerlin, C.S. Freitas, P.T. Fox, A.C. Evans, A.W. Toga, and J.C. Mazziotta. Automated labeling of the human brain: a preliminary report on the development and evaluation of a forward-transform method. Human Brain Mapping, 5(4):238–242, 1997. URL:, arXiv:, doi:<238::AID-HBM6>3.0.CO;2-4.