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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Colorful brains: 14 years of display practice in functional neuroimaging
Organization Unit
  • Markus Christen
  • Deborah A Vitacco
  • Lara Huber
  • Julie Harboe
  • Sara I Fabrikant
  • Peter Brugger
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title NeuroImage
Publisher Elsevier
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 1053-8119
Volume 73
Page Range 30 - 39
Date 2013
Abstract Text Neuroimaging results are typically graphically rendered and color-coded, which influences the process of knowledge generation within neuroscience as well as the public perception of brain research. Analyzing these issues requires empirical information on the display practice in neuroimaging. In our study we evaluated more than 9000 functional images (fMRI and PET) published between 1996 and 2009 with respect to the use of color, image structure, image production software and other factors that may determine the display practice. We demonstrate a variety of display styles despite a remarkable dominance of few image production sites and software systems, outline some tendencies of standardization, and identify shortcomings with respect to color scale explication in neuroimages. We discuss the importance of the finding for knowledge production in neuroimaging, and we make suggestions to improve the display practice in neuroimaging, especially on regimes of color coding.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.068
PubMed ID 23403183
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