Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 108, Issue 5, pp 527–539 | Cite as

Valentino Braitenberg: From neuroanatomy to behavior and back

  • Mario NegrelloEmail author
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This article compiles an expose of Valentino Braitenberg’s singular view on neuroanatomy and neuroscience. The review emphasizes his topologically informed work on neuroanatomy and his dialectics of brain-based explanations of motor behavior. Some of his early ideas on topologically informed neuroanatomy are presented, together with some of his more obscure work on the taxonomy of neural fiber bundles and synaptic arborizations. His functionally informed interpretations of neuroanatomy of the cerebellum, cortex, and hippocampus, are introduced. Finally, we will touch on his philosophical views and the inextricable role of function in the explanation of neural behavior.


Neuroscience Neuroanatomy History Braitenberg Behavioral function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computational Neuroscience LaboratoryOkinawa Institute of Science and TechnologyOnna PrefectureJapan
  2. 2.Department of NeuroscienceErasmus MCRotterdamThe Netherlands

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