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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Contributions to books (46):

Braitenberg V: Structural Symmetries of Brains, 176-178. In: Encyclopedia of neuroscience, (Ed) G. Adelman, Birkhäuser, Boston, MA, USA, (1987).
Braitenberg V: The Cerebellum and the Physics of Movement: Some Speculations, 193-207. In: Cerebellum and neuronal plasticity, (Ed) M. Glickstein, Plenum Press, New York, NY, USA, (1987).
Braitenberg V: Charting the visual cortex, 379-414. In: Cerebral Cortex: Visual Cortex, (Ed) A. Peters, Plenum Press, New York, NY, USA, (June-1985).
Braitenberg V: An isotropic network which implicitly defines orientation columns: discussion of a hypothetis, 479-484. In: Models of the visual cortex, (Ed) D. Rose, Wiley, Chichester, (1985).
Braitenberg V: Associativnaja sistema v kore golovnogo mozga mysi, 34-42. In: Associativnye sistemy mozga, (Ed) A. S. Batuev, Nauka, Leningrad, Soviet Union, (1985).
Braitenberg V: Kolicestvennye aspekty anatomii kory golovnogo mozga v svete teorii nejronnych ansamblej, 115-118. In: Problemy nejrofiziologii i nejrokibernetiki, (Ed) O. G. Chorayan, Rostovskij Gosudarstvennyj Universitet, Rostov-na-Donu, Soviet Union, (1985).
Braitenberg V: Das Raster der neuronalen Elemente in der Sehrinde und seine neuro-physiologischen Konsequenzen, 123-133. In: Pathophysiologie des Sehens: Grundlagenforschung und Klinik der visuellen Sensorik, (Ed) V. Herzau, Enke, Stuttgart, Germany, (1984).
Fahle M and Braitenberg V: Some quantitative aspects of cerebellar anatomy as a guide to speculation on cerebellar functions, 186-200. In: Cerebellar Functions, (Ed) J.R. Bloedel, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1984).
Braitenberg V and Schüz A: Some anatomical comments on the Hippocampus, 21-37. In: Neurobiology of the Hippocampus, (Ed) W. Seifert, Academic Press, London, UK, (1983).
Braitenberg V: Alcune considerazioni sui meccanismi cerebrali del linguaggio, 96-108. In: L‘accostamento interdisciplinare allo studio del linguaggio, (Ed) G. Braga, Franco Angeli, Milano, Italy, (1980).
Braitenberg V: Cortical architectonics: General and areal, 443-465. In: Architectonics of the cerebral cortex, (Ed) M. A.B. Brazier, Raven Press, New York, NY, USA, (1978).
Palm G and Braitenberg V: Tentative contributions of neuroanatomy to nerve net theories, 369-374. In: Progress in cybernetics and systems research: General systems methodology, fuzzy mathematics and fuzzy systems, biocybernetics and theoretical neurobiology, (Ed) R. Trappl, Wiley, New York, NY, USA, (1978).
Braitenberg V: Beyond the wiring diagram of the lamina ganglionaris in the fly, 238-244. In: Neural principles in vision, (Ed) F. Zettler, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1976).
Braitenberg V: Golgi methods, 229-232. In: The encyclopedia of microscopy and microtechnique, (Ed) P. Gray, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY, USA, (1973).
Braitenberg V and Strausfeld NJ: Principles of the Mosaic Organisation in the Visual System’s Neuropil of Musca domestica L, 631-659. In: Central processing of visual information, Part A: Integrative functions and comparative data, (Ed) H. Autrum, Springer, Berlin, Germany, (1973).
Braitenberg V and Kirschfeld K: Datenübertragung im Klomplexauge der Fliege, 105-113. In: Kybernetik: Brücke zwischen den Wissenschaften, (Ed) H. Frank, Umschau Verlag, Frankfurt a. M., Germany, (1970).
Braitenberg V: Models of brain function: Discussion, 768-771. In: Basic Mechanisms of the epilepsies, (Ed) H. H. Jasper, Little, Brown & Co., Boston, MA, USA, (1969).
Braitenberg V: Is the Cerebellar Cortex a Biological Clock in the Millisecond Range?, 334-346. In: The Cerebellum, (Ed) C.A. Fox, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (1967).
Braitenberg V: Taxis, Kinesis and Decussation, 210-222. In: Cybernetics of the Nervous System, (Ed) N. Wiener, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (1965).
Braitenberg V: Ricerche di neuroanatomia e fisiologia, 43-50. In: Ricerche teoriche e sperimentali di cibernetica svolte nell'anno accademico 1961-1962 nel Laboritorio di cibernetica presso l'Istitutio di fisica teorica dell'Università di Napoli, (Ed) V. Braitenberg, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma, Italy, (1964).
Braitenberg V: Some old ideas about the human brain from a recent point of view, -. In: Cross-cultural understanding: epistemology in anthropology, (Ed) F. S.C. Northrop, Harper & Row, New York, NY, USA, (1964).
Wahren W and Braitenberg V: The brain as a whole, 42-64. In: Einführung in die stereotaktischen Operationen mit einem Atlas des menschlichen Gehirns, (Ed) G. Schaltenbrand, Thieme, Stuttgart, Germany, (1959).
Braitenberg V: Die Gliederung der Stirnhirnrinde auf Grund ihres Markfaserbaus, 183-203. In: Das Hirntrauma: Beiträge zur Behandlung, Begutachtung und Betreuung Hirnverletzter, (Ed) E. Rehwald, Thieme, Stuttgart, Germany, (1956).
Braitenberg V: Ponte, -. In: Enciclopedia medica italiana, (Ed) D. de Blasi, Sansoni, Firenze, Italy, (1955).

Posters (11):

Valverde M and Braitenberg V (September-2007): Hypercolumns vs. pinwheels, 39th Annual General Meeting of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS 2007), Trieste, Italy, Neural Plasticity, 2007(23250) 36.
Valverde M and Braitenberg V (July-2007): Pinwheels vs. Bow Ties, 10th Tübinger Wahrnehmungskonferenz (TWK 2007), Tübingen, Germany.
Schüz A and Braitenberg V (February-2004): Cortico-Cortical Connectivity in the Human Brain: A Study on the Cortical White Matter, 7th Tübingen Perception Conference (TWK 2004), Tübingen, Germany.
Braitenberg V (September-1988): The role of passive mechanical factors in voluntary movement, 11th Annual Meeting of the European Neuroscience Association, Zürich, Switzerland, European Journal of Neuroscience, Supplement 1 147.
Braitenberg V (January-1984): The Associative Network in the Mouse Cortex, Symposium Association Systems of the Brain, Leningrad, Soviet Union, International Journal of Neuroscience, 22(3-4) 171.
Braitenberg V (November-1983): Explanation of orientation columns in terms of a homogeneous network of neurons in the visual cortex, 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 1983), Boston, MA, USA.
Fahle M and Braitenberg V (September-1983): Curvature detection in the central and peripheral visual field of human subjects, Seventh European Neuroscience Congress, Hamburg, West Germany, Neuroscience Letters, Supplement 14 S108.
Braitenberg V and Schüz A (November-1982): What kind of cortex is the Hippocampus?, 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 1982), Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Braitenberg V, Palm G and Schüz A (September-1978): Functional aspects of the cortical anatomy, Second European Neuroscience Meeting, Firenze, Italy, Neuroscience Letters, Supplement 1 S119-S120.
Schüz A, Palm G and Braitenberg V (September-1978): Quantitative aspects of cortical anatomy, Second European Neuroscience Meeting, Firenze, Italy, Neuroscience Letters, Supplement 1 S43.
Braitenberg V (February-1957): Local variation of fiber structure in the telencephalic cortex of monkey and man, Anatomical Record, 127(2) 399-400.

Talks (1):

Braitenberg V (June-2003) Invited Lecture: Spatio-temporal Activity Patterns as a Key to Cerebellar Function, 5th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, 29th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference, Göttingen, Germany 188.
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