Open-access ATR Network-BMI Brain Database:

Multi-modal Brain Database of Spatial-Attention task


ATR Network-BMI Brain Database

ATR Network-BMI Brain Database(fMRI, EEG, and fNIRS) from ATR Network-BMI Brain Database Project (NBP; supported by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, MIC, entitled, ‘Novel and innovative R&D making use of brain structures’) are openly available to the scientific community for examination and exploration. We obtained from 61 subjects in total during the spatial-attention (SA) task (Morioka et al., 2014; Morioka et al., 2015).

  • fMRI (SA task, 5-min resting state fMRI; Simens 3T “Trio”)
  • EEG (SA task; 5-min resting state EEG; 64ch ActiveTwo, Biosemi )
  • fNIRS (SA task; 5-min resting state fNIRS; 49ch FOIRE-3000, Shimadzu co.)

How to download the data from Network-BMI Brain Database

We invite investigators to apply for access to these data from NBP. Before applying your request, please read the privacy statement. Note that we collect number of applicants, number of data downloading from the database for reports to MIC at some moment without private information. The brain data is allowed to use for noncommercial purpose only. You are asked to email to us (dbi_db) attached a form of “Declaration of Consent” after filling your information and requirements.
You will be notified by email about how to access the database, where you may log in and download data to your computer.If you have any questions about the brain data, please contact us (dbi_db) by email.
NOTE: i) everyone who works with Network-BMI Brain data must review and agree to these terms, including those who are accessing shared copies of this data. If you are sharing Network-BMI Brain data, please advise your co-researchers that they must register with Network-BMI Brain Database and agree to these terms.

Citing Use of Network-BMI Brain Database data

We require that you acknowledge NBP as the source of these data in your published manuscripts, conference presentations, etc as follows:

Data collection and sharing for this project was provided by the Network-BMI Brain Database Project (NBP). The NBP Data are provided by Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International, Kyoto, Japan.

Acknowledgement in Methods Section of publication:

Data used in the preparation of this work were obtained from the Network-BMI Brain Database Project database ( The Network-BMI Brain Database is the result of efforts of co-investigators from the ATR Cognitive Mechanisms Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan.


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EEG channel configuration


Position of NIRS probe




  • Morioka, H., Kanemura, A., Morimoto, S., Yoshioka, T., Oba, S., Kawanabe, M., and Ishii, S. Decoding spatial attention by using cortical currents estimated from electroencephalography with near-infrared spectroscopy prior information. Neuroimage, 90: 128-139 (2014).
  • Morioka H, Kanemura A, Hirayama J, Shikauchi M, Ogawa T, Ikeda S, Kawanabe M, Ishii S. Learning a common dictionary for subject-transfer decoding with resting calibration. Neuroimage, 111:167–178 (2015). (You can download a software of common dictionary leaning, “commonDL” from If you have any questions about commonDL, please contact us: dbi_db)


NBP was supported by a contract entitled “Novel and innovative R&D making use of brain structures” with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan. The data is brought to you by ATR Cognitive Mechanisms laboratories in Kyoto.

Members of ATR Network-BMI Brain Database Project Consortium

  • Shin Ishii (Project Leader)
  • Takayuki Suyama
  • Motoaki Kawanabe
  • Takeshi Ogawa
  • Manabu Shikauchi
  • Shigeyuki Ikeda
  • Hiroshi Morioka
  • Hiroki Moriya
  • Pankaj Gupta
  • Ken Yano
  • Jamilah Abdur-Rahim

History of update

  • [2016-07-06] Uploaded resting state fNIRS data, updated registration form, and open the registration.
  • [2016-05-27] Updated privacy statement.
  • [2016-05-13] Maintaining the system.
  • [2016-04-28] Released the Network-BMI Brain Database web page.