The Brain Architecture Center at USC

Vision statement:

The goal of the Center is to clarify the basic structural plan of the vertebrate nervous system, with a special emphasis on rodent and primate (including human) brains. This will be implemented as a workbench and set of links on the web.






  • Swanson, L.W. (1995) Mapping the human brain: past, present, and future. Trends in Neurosci. 18:471-474.
  • Swanson, L.W. (1996) Histochemical contributions to the understanding of neuronal phenotypes and information flow through neural circuits: the polytransmitter hypothesis. In: Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Communication, K. Fuxe, T. Hökfelt, L. Olson, D. Ottoson, A. Dahlström & A. Björklund (eds.), Pergamon Press, New York, pp. 15-27.
  • Alvarez-Bolado, G. & L.W. Swanson (1996) Developmental Brain Maps: Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain, 154 pp., Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  • Dashti, A.E., S. Ghandeharizadeh, J. Stone, L.W. Swanson & R.H. Thompson (1997) Database challenges and solutions in neuroscientific applications. Neuroimage 5:97-115.
  • Shahabi, C., A.E. Dashti, G. Burns, S. Ghandeharizadeh, N. Jiang & L.W. Swanson (1999) Visualization of spatial neuroanatomical data. In: Visual Information and Information Systems, D.P. Huijsmans & A.W.M. Smeulders (eds.), Springer, Berlin, pp. 801-808.
  • Swanson, L.W. (1998-1999) Brain Maps: Structure of the Rat Brain. A Laboratory Guide with Printed and Electronic Templates for Data, Models and Schematics. Second revised edition (includes double CD-ROM). 268 pp., Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  • Swanson, L.W. (2000) A history of neuroanatomical mapping. In: Brain Mapping: The Applications, A.W. Toga & J.C. Mazziotta (eds.), Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 77-109.
  • Swanson, L.W. (2000) What is the brain? Trends in Neurosci. 23:519-527.
  • Swanson, L.W. (2000) Cerebral hemisphere regulation of motivated behavior. Brain Res. 886:113-164.
  • Swanson, L.W. (2001) Interactive brain maps and atlases. In: Computing the Brain: A Guide to Neuroinformatics, M.A. Arbib & J.G. Grethe (eds.), Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 167-177.
  • Dashti, A., G.A.P.C. Burns, S. Ghandeharizadeh, S. Jia, C. Shahabi, D.M. Simmons, J. Stone & L.W. Swanson (2001) The 'neuroanatomical rat brain viewer' ('NeuARt'): a system for registering data against brain atlases. In: Computing the Brain: A Guide to Neuroinformatics, M.A. Arbib & J.G. Grethe (eds.), Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 189-202.
  • Watts, A.G. & L.W. Swanson (2002) Anatomy of motivational systems. In: “Stevens” Handbook of Experimental Psychology, Third Edition, R. Gallistel (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, New York, pp. 563-631.
  • Swanson, L.W. (2002) Organization of nervous systems. Ch. 2 in: Functional Neuroscience, Second Edition, L.R. Squire et. al. (eds.), Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 15-45.
  • Swanson, L.W. (2003) Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan, 263 pp., Oxford University Press, New York.