Valentino Braitenberg, Prof. Dr. med. Dr rer. nat. h.c.


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Valentino Braitenberg

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From 1968 until his retirement in 1994, Valentino Braitenberg was director of the department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Nets at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. His research was mainly based on the combination of neuroanatomy with brain theory, with the aim to understand mechanisms of brain functions. Main fields of research were the visual system of the fly, cerebellum and the physiology of movement, and structure and function of the cerebral cortex. Some of his topics on the cerebral cortex were: quantitative-anatomical studies on the cortex of the mouse and on the human cortical white matter, orientation specificity in the visual cortex of primates, connected also with psychophysical studies on humans, as well as a neurological theory of language.

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Articles (67):

Braitenberg V (1986) Sieben Schnitte durch die Wissenschaft Das Fenster: Tiroler Kulturzeitschrift 1986 3863-3866.
Braitenberg V (1985) Gescheit sein! Kursbuch 80 1-9.
Braitenberg V (1984) Tentakeln des Geistes Kursbuch 78 35-45.
Braitenberg V (September-1983) Status of biological cybernetics in Germany Trends in Neurosciences 6(9) 365.
Braitenberg V (March-1983) The cerebellum revisited Journal of Theoretical Neurobiology 2(3) 237-241.
Braitenberg V (1983) Alla ricerca di morfemi all‘interno del cervello Giornale Italiano di Psicologia 3 521-541.
Braitenberg V (1982) Das Gehirn: die graue Eminenz des Verhaltens Das Fenster: Tiroler Kulturzeitschrift 31 3114-3120.
Braitenberg V and Braitenberg C (August-1979) Geometry of orientation columns in the visual cortex Biological Cybernetics 33(3) 179-186.
Braitenberg V (September-1977) The concept of symmetry in neuroanatomy Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 299 186-196.
Burkhardt W and Braitenberg V (October-1976) Some peculiar synaptic complexes in the first visual ganglion of the fly, Musca domestica Cell and Tissue Research 173(3) 287-308.
Braitenberg V (December-1975) Letter to the editor Neuroscience Letters 1(6) 351-351.
Braitenberg V (August-1974) Thoughts on the cerebral cortex Journal of Theoretical Biology 46(2) 421-427.
Braitenberg V and Debbage P (March-1974) A regular net of reciprocal synapses in the visual system of the fly, Musca domestica Journal of Comparative Physiology 90(1) 25-31.
Braitenberg V (July-1973) Remarks on the Texture of Brains International Journal of Neuroscience 6(1) 5-6.
Braitenberg V and Hauser-Holschuh H (December-1972) Patterns of projection in the visual system of the fly II: Quantitative aspects of second order neurons in relation to models of movement perception Experimental Brain Research 16(2) 184-209.
Braitenberg V (December-1970) Ordnung und Orientierung der Elemente im Sehsystem der Fliege Kybernetik 7(6) 235-242.
Strausfeld NJ and Braitenberg V (June-1970) The compound eye of the fly (Musca domestica): connections between the cartridges of the lamina ganglionaris Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Physiologie 70(2) 95-104.
Braitenberg V and Kemali M (February-1970) Exceptions to bilateral symmetry in the epithalamus of lower vertebrates Journal of Comparative Neurology 138(2) 137-146.
Braitenberg V (1970) Hirnforschung zwischen Lokalisationslehre und Systemanalyse Attempto 35-36 43-48.
Reichardt W, Braitenberg V and Weidel G (November-1968) Auslösung von Elementarprozessen durch einzelne Lichtquanten im Fliegenauge: Verhaltensexperimente an der Stubenfliege Musca Kybernetik 5(4) 148-169.
Braitenberg V (1968) Contributi tecnici e concettuali dell'elettronica allo studio dei cervelli viventi Atti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei 365(110) 211-217.
Braitenberg V and Kirschfeld K (1968) Optische und neurale Projektion der Umwelt auf die Ganglien im Komplexauge der Fliege Mitteilungen der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 1968(3) 185-206.
Braitenberg V, Guglielmotti V and Sada E (November-1967) Correlation of CrystaL Growth with the Staining of Axons by the Golgi Procedure Stain Technology 42(6) 277-283.
Braitenberg V (October-1967) On the use of theories, models and cybernetical toys in brain research Brain Research 6(2) 201-216.
Braitenberg V (March-1967) Patterns of projection in the visual system of the fly. I. Retina-lamina projections Experimental Brain Research 3(3) 271-298.
Braitenberg V (June-1966) Unsymmetrische Projektion der Retinulazellen auf die Lamina ganglionaris bei der Fliege Musca domestica Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Physiologie 52(2) 212-214.
Braitenberg V and Ferretti CT (March-1966) Landing reaction of musca domestica induced by visual stimuli Naturwissenschaften 53(6) 155-155.
Braitenberg V (October-1965) Electroencephalographic evidence of "Gestalt" in the perception of movement by the frog Kybernetik 2(6) 284-287.
Braitenberg V, Gambardella G, Ghigo G and Vota U (June-1965) Observations on spike sequences from spontaneously active Purkinje cells in the frog Kybernetik 2(5) 197-205.
Braitenberg V (May-1965) What can be learned from spike interval histograms about synaptic mechanisms Journal of Theoretical Biology 8(3) 419-425.
Braitenberg V and Sada E (1964) Osservazioni sul metodo cromoargentico di Golgi Laboratorio Scientifico 12(3) 65-72.
Braitenberg V (1963) Considerazioni cibernetiche sulla logica Scientia 98 233-238.
Braitenberg V (April-1962) A note on myeloarchitectonics Journal of Comparative Neurology 118(2) 141-156.
Braitenberg V (May-1961) Functional Interpretation of Cerebellar Histology Nature 190(4775) 539-540.
Braitenberg V (January-1961) Funktionelle Deutung von Strukturen in der grauen Substanz des Nervensystems Naturwissenschaften 48(14) 489-496.
Braitenberg V (1961) Sulle possibili ragioni dell‘eccellenza dei cervelli naturali rispetto a quelli artificiali Scientia 55 1-5.
Braitenberg V and Lauria F (October-1960) Toward a mathematical description of the grey substance of nervous systems Il Nuovo Cimento 18(Supplement 2) 149-165.
Braitenberg V (September-1959) Morphology of nerve nets Il Nuovo Cimento 13(Supplement 2) 521-531.
Braitenberg V, Caianiello ER, Lauria F and Onesto N (January-1959) A system of coupled oscillators as a functional model of neuronal assemblies Il Nuovo Cimento 11(2) 278-282.
Braitenberg V (1959) L‘imitazione degli automi naturali Methodos 11 1-9.
Braitenberg V and Atwood RP (February-1958) Morphological observations on the cerebellar cortex Journal of Comparative Neurology 109(1) 1-33.
Braitenberg V and Callieri B (October-1955) Malattia demielinizzante tipo Schilder a decorso acutissimo Rivista di Neurologia 25(5) 771-786.
Braitenberg V (1955) Il metodo più rapido di colorazione delle fibre mieliniche Laboratorio Scientifico 3(3) 65.
Spaccarelli G and Braitenberg V (1955) Storia dei bromuri e dei composti organici di sintesi nella cura dell‘epilessia Recenti Progressi in Medicina 19 419-433.
Braitenberg V (April-1954) Zur Frage der anatomischen Veränderungen des Gehirns bei Schizophrenie Münchener Medizinische Wochenschrift 96(14) 365-367.
Ederli A and Braitenberg V (April-1953) Sugli astrocitomi diffusi Rivista di Neurologia 23(2) 97-126.
Braitenberg V (1953) Sulle strie orizzontali della corteccia cerebrale Il Lavoro Neuropsichiatrico 13 398-409.

Conference papers (31):

Braitenberg V and Radermacher FJ (2007) Elementary Neural Mechanisms for Linguistic Modelling In: Interdisciplinary approaches to a new understanding of cognition and consciousness, , Villa Vigoni Konferenz 1997, Forschungsinstitut für Anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung, Ulm, Germany, -.
Schüz A and Braitenberg V (1994) Constraints to a random plan of cortical connectivity In: Structural and Functional Organization of the Neocortex, , Symposium in the Memory of Otto D. Creutzfeldt 1993, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 161-169, Series: Experimental Brain Research Series ; 24.
Braitenberg V and Schüz A (1992) Basic features of cortical connectivity and some considerations on language In: Language Origin: a Multidisciplinary Approach, , NATO Advanced Study Institute on Language Origin: a Multidisciplinary Approach 1988, Kluwer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 89-102, Series: NATO ASI series. Series D, Behavioural and social sciences ; 61.
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