Natural Scenes Dataset

computer vision image processing machine learning magnetic resonance imaging neuroimaging neuroscience nifti


Here, we collected and pre-processed a massive, high-quality 7T fMRI dataset that can be used to advance our understanding of how the brain works. A unique feature of this dataset is the massive amount of data available per individual subject. The data were acquired using ultra-high-field fMRI (7T, whole-brain, 1.8-mm resolution, 1.6-s TR). We measured fMRI responses while each of 8 participants viewed 9,000–10,000 distinct, color natural scenes (22,500–30,000 trials) in 30–40 weekly scan sessions over the course of a year. Additional measures were collected including resting-state data, retinotopy, category localizers, anatomical data (T1, T2, diffusion, venogram, angiogram), physiological data (pulse, respiration), eye-tracking data, and additional behavioral assessments outside the scanner. Because of its unprecedented scale and richness, NSD can be used to explore diverse neuroscientific questions with high power at the level of individual subjects. In particular, the number of images sampled in this dataset is sufficiently large that the dataset may be of high interest for computer vision, machine learning, and other data-driven applications.

Update Frequency

This dataset is now released. A small portion of the data is held out and will be released in the future. Besides that, we do not expect major updates, aside from any corrections or additions that arise (these will be logged on the NSD Data Manual).


Terms & Conditions for the NSD dataset


To receive access to the NSD Data Manual, please fill out the NSD Data Access Agreement Form. The NSD dataset can be browsed via a simple web interface here.

Managed By

Computational Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

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Resources on AWS

  • Description
    Structural and functional MRI and other data from the Natural Scenes Dataset.
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://natural-scenes-dataset/ --no-sign-request
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