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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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Conference papers (31):

Braitenberg V (1991) Logics at different levels in the brain, Congresso Nuovi Problemi della Logica e della Filosofia della Scienza 1990, CLUEB, Bologna, Italy, Atti del Congresso Nuovi Problemi della Logica e della Filosofia della Scienza, -.
Braitenberg V (1989) Some Types of Movements In: Artificial life, , Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems 1987, Addison-Wesley, Redwood City, CA, USA, 555-565, Series: Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity ; 6.
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Braitenberg V (1987) Some problems in brain science awaiting theoretical treatment, Physics of cognitive processes: Amalfi 1986, World Scientific, Singapore, Physics of cognitive processes: Amalfi 1986, 75-78.
Braitenberg V and Palm G (1986) Describing the brain in logical terms or the logical terms in the brain, Congresso Logica e Filosofia della Scienza Oggi 1983, CLUEB, Bologna, Italy, Atti del Congresso Nuovi Problemi della Logica e della Filosofia della Scienza, 27-32.
Braitenberg V (1986) Two views of the cerebral cortex In: Brain Theory, , First Trieste Meeting on Brain Theory 1984, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 81-96.
Braitenberg V (1986) Was das Gehirn mit Information zu tun hat In: Der Informationsbegriff in Technik und Wissenschaft, , : wissenschaftliches Symposium der IBM Deutschland GmbH 1984, Oldenbourg, München, Germany, 205-216.
Braitenberg V (April-1982) Outline of a theory of the cerebral cortex In: Biomathematics in 1980, , Workshop on Biomathematics: Current Status and Future Perspectives, North Holland Publ., Amsterdam, Netherlands, Biomathematics in 1980 : papers presented at a workshop on Biomathematics, 127-132.
Braitenberg V (1981) A selection of facts and conjectures about the cerebral cortex inspired by the theory of cell assemblies In: Neural Communication and Control, , 28th International Congress of Physiological Sciences 1980, Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK, 287-289.
Braitenberg V (1981) Anatomical basis for divergence, convergence and integration in the cerebral cortex In: Sensory Functions, , 28th International Congress of Physiological Sciences 1980, Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK, 411-420.
Braitenberg V (June-1979) Skizze einer Theorie der Grosshirnrinde In: Verhandlungen der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, , 72. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Fischer, Stuttgart, Germany, Verhandlungen der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft: auf der 73. Jahresversammlung, 201-206.
Braitenberg V (1978) Cell assemblies in the cerebral cortex In: Theoretical Approaches to Complex Systems, , Symposium Theoretical Approaches to Complex Systems 1977, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 171-188, Series: Lecture Notes in Biomathematics ; 21.
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Braitenberg V (1976) Real Neural Networks In: Perspectives in brain research, , 9th International Summer School of Brain Research 1975, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Progress in Brain Research ; 45C, 197-205.
Braitenberg V (September-1975) The cerebral cortex from a neuroanatomical vantage point, 1975 International Conference on Cybernetics and Society, IEEE, New York, NY, USA, 114-116.
Braitenberg V (1974) On the representation of objects and their relations in the brain In: Physics and Mathematics of the Nervous System, , Summer School organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, and the Institute for Information Sciences, University of Tübingen 1973, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 290-298, Series: Lecture Notes in Biomathematics ; 4.
Braitenberg V (March-1972) Periodic structures and structural gradients in the visual ganglia of the fly In: Information Processing in the Visual Systems of Anthropods, , Symposium on Information Processing in the Visual Systems of Arthropods 1972, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 3-15.
Braitenberg V (1972) Comparison of different cortices as a basis for speculations on their function In: Synchronization of EEG activity in epilepsies, , Symposium on Synchronization of EEG Activity in Epilepsies 1971, Springer, Wien , Austria, 1-8.
Braitenberg V (1972) In search of the neurological wiring responsible for optomotor reactions in insects In: Biocybernetics Vol. 4, , III. International Symposium on Biocybernetics, Satellite Symposium of the XXVth International Congress of Physiological Sciences 1971, VEB Fischer, Jena, German Democratic Republic, 93-97.
Braitenberg V (1972) What sort of computer do we expect to find associated with the compound eye of flying insects? In: Biocybernetics Vol. 4, , III. International Symposium on Biocybernetics, Satellite Symposium of the XXVth International Congress of Physiological Sciences 1971, VEB Fischer, Jena, German Democratic Republic, 215-220.
Braitenberg V (October-1971) The structure of the visual ganglia in relation to studies on movement perception in the fly, Congresso di Cibernetica del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Lito Felici, Pisa, Italy, Atti del Congresso di Cibernetica, 42-53.
Braitenberg V (1969) The Anatomical Substratum of Visual Perception in Flies: A Sketch of the Visual Ganglia In: Processing of optical data by organisms and machines, , International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi": Course XLIII, 1968, Academic Press, New York, NY, USA, 328-340.
Braitenberg V (1968) On chiasms In: Neural Networks, , School on Neural Networks 1967, Springer, Berlin, Germany, 34-42.
Braitenberg V (1968) On the neural optics behind the eye of the fly In: Cybernetic problems in bionics, , 7th Bionics Symposium 1966, Gordon and Breach, New York, NY, USA, 323-335.
Braitenberg V (1965) A note on the control of voluntary movements In: Cybernetics of neural processes, , Course held at the International School of Physics 1962, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma, Italy, Cybernetics of neural processes: course held at the International School of Physics, sponsored by NATO at the Istituto di fisica teories, Università di Napoli, April 26 - May 13, 1962, 1-6.
Braitenberg V (September-1964) Rückschlüsse auf die Funktionscharakteristik einzelner Neurone aus der Statistik spontaner Spikefolgen, Gemeinsame Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biophysik e.V., der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Reine und Angewandte Biophysik und der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Strahlenbiologie, Metropress, Wien, Austria, Gemeinsame Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biophysik e.V., der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Reine und Angewandte Biophysik und der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Strahlenbiologie, -.
Braitenberg V (June-1963) Alcuni modelli funzionali della corteccia telencefalica dei Mammiferi In: L'evoluzione della propulsione spaziale negli anni '70, , X. Convegno Internazionale Tecnico-Scientifico sullo Spazio, XVII Rassegna Internazionale Elettronica Nucleare e Teleradiocinematografica, Roma, Italy, X. Rassegna Internazionale Elettronica Nucleare e Teleradiocinematografica, 155-182.
Braitenberg V (1963) Histology, histonomy, histologic In: Nerve, brain and memory models, , Symposium on Cybernetics of the Nervous System, 2nd International Meeting of Medical Cybernetics 1962, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 160-176, Series: Progress in brain research ; 2.
Braitenberg V and Onesto N (1962) The cerebellar cortex as a timing organ: Discussion of an hypothesis, 1. Congresso Internazionale di Medicina Cibernetica 1960, Società Internazionale di Medicina Cibernetica, Napoli, Italy, Atti del 1. Congresso internazionale di medicina cibernetica: Napoli, 2-5 ottobre 1960, 3-19.
Braitenberg V (1952) Ricerche istopatologiche sulla corteccia frontale di schizofrenici, 1st International Conference on Neuropathology, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino, Italy, 621-626.
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Contributions to books (46):

Braitenberg V: Remarks on the Semantics of "Information", 31-38. In: Imagination and Rigor: Essays on Eduardo R. Caianiello’s Scientific Heritage, (Ed) S. Termini, Springer Italia, Milano, Italy, (January-2006).
Crespi Reghizzi S and Braitenberg V: Towards a brain compatible theory of syntax based on local testability, 17-32. In: Grammars and automata for string processing: from mathematics and computer science to biology, and back, (Ed) C. Martin-Vide, Taylor & Francis, London, UK, (2003).
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Schüz A and Braitenberg V: The Human Cortical White Matter: Quantitative Aspects of Cortico-Cortical Long-Range Connectivity, 377-385. In: Cortical areas: unity and diversity, (Ed) A. Schüz, Taylor & Francis, London, UK, (May-2002).
Schüz A and Braitenberg V: Cerebral cortex: Organization and Function, 1634-1660. In: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, (Ed) N. J. Smelser, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (2001).
Braitenberg V: Remarks on the semantics of "information", 239-241. In: Il Laboratorio di scienze cognitive dell'Università degli studi di Trento: Saggi e Lavori, Novembre 1999 - Dicembre 2000, (Ed) V. Braitenberg, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy, (2001).
Braitenberg V: Sketch of a proof of Goldbach‘s conjecture, 470-479. In: Il Laboratorio di scienze cognitive dell'Università degli studi di Trento: Saggi e Lavori, Novembre 1999 - Dicembre 2000, (Ed) V. Braitenberg, Universitá degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy, (2001).
Braitenberg V: Postlude: The neuroanatomy of time, 391-396. In: Time and the brain, (Ed) R. Miller, Harwood Academic, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (2000).
Braitenberg V: Entspringt die Logik dem Gehirn oder das Gehirn der Logik?, 119-129. In: Die Natur ist unser Modell von ihr: Forschung und Philosophie ; das Bozner Treffen 1995, (Ed) V. Braitenberg, Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg, Germany, (1996).
Braitenberg V and Schüz A: Gehirn (brain), 211-221. In: Wörterbuch der Kognitionswissenschaft, (Ed) G. Strube, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart, Germany, (1996).
Zanker JM and Braitenberg V: Psychophysical Mapping of Orientation Sensitivity in the Human Cortex, 19-36. In: Brain theory: biological basis and computational principles, (Ed) A. Aertsen, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (1996).
Braitenberg V and Schüz A: Allgemeine Neuroanatomie, 1-30. In: Neuro- und Sinnesphysiologie, (Ed) R.F. Schmidt, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1995).
Braitenberg V: Information from Structure: A Sketch of Neuroanatomy, 115-128. In: Models of Neural Networks I, (Ed) E. Domany, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1995).
Braitenberg V and Preissl H: Why is the output of the cerebellum inhibitory?, 113-115. In: Movement control, (Ed) P. Cordo, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Great Britain, (1994).
Braitenberg V: Wie kommen Ideen ins Gehirn?, 153-171. In: Evolution: Entwicklung und Organisation in der Natur ; das Bozner Treffen 1993, (Ed) V. Braitenberg, Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg, Germany, (1994).
Braitenberg V and Schüz A: Allgemeine Neuroanatomie, 1-30. In: Neuro- und Sinnesphysiologie, (Ed) R.F. Schmidt, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1993).
Braitenberg V: Intricacies of Movement Control: an essay, 307-307. In: Brain Theory: Spatio-Temporal Aspects of Brain Function, (Ed) A. Aertsen, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (1993).
Braitenberg V: How Ideas Survive Evidence to the Contrary: a Comment of Data Display and Modelling, 447-450. In: Information Processing in the Cortex: Experiments and Theory, (Ed) A. Aertsen, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1992).
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Braitenberg V: Manifesto of brain science, 473-477. In: Information Processing in the Cortex: Experiments and Theory, (Ed) A. Aertsen, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1992).
Braitenberg V: Information from structure: a sketch of neuroanatomy, 107-120. In: Models of Neural Networks, (Ed) E. Domany, Springer, New York, NY, USA, (1991).
Braitenberg V: Durch ein schmales Fenster betrachtet, 331-347. In: Vor der Jahrtausendwende: Bericht zur Lage der Zukunft, (Ed) P. Sloterdijk, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, (1990).
Braitenberg V: Leggere la struttura del cervello, 195-204. In: Mente umana, mente artificiale, (Ed) R. Viale, Feltrinelli, Milano, Italy, (1989).
Braitenberg V: Some Arguments for a Theory of Cell Assemblies in the Cerebral Cortex, 137-145. In: Neural connections, mental computation, (Ed) L. Nadel, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, (1989).
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