1. Objects

Quick description

Objects are highly customizable elementary visualization bricks that can either be used independently for superpose in a scene.

Checkout the list and API of available objects visbrain.objects.


1.1. Description

Objects have multiple use cases :

  • Preview objects independently

  • Embedded object inside subplot

  • Pass objects to modules (e.g inside the Brain)

1.1.1. Import objects

Objects can be imported as follow :

from visbrain.objects import *

1.1.2. Object definition

All objects have a similar definition i.e Obj(name) where name is the object name that you want to use. Note that for some objects, this name input can also sometimes be used to load a default file (e.g BrainObj(‘B1’) or a specific custom file (e.g CrossSecObj(‘full_path/my_nifti_file.nii.qz’), HypnogramObj(‘full_path/my_hypnogram.txt’)).

Once defined, each object contains methods for extended controls and customizations. Checkout the API to see implemented methods relative to each visbrain.objects.

Finally, each object inherits a method preview to visualize the result. Bellow, a small example where a source object is defined and plotted.

import numpy as np
from visbrain.objects import SourceObj  # Import a source object

# Define 100 random 3D (x, y, z) coordinates :
xyz = np.random.rand(100, 3)

# Define a source object :
s_obj = SourceObj('obj_name', xyz, color='green', symbol='square',

# Object preview with a black background:

1.1.3. Embedded objects to create a complex scene

Similarly to matplotlib, a scene is a way to arrange objects either by superimposing them or by putting them in different rows and columns. Note that only 3D objects can be superimposed.

A scene can be imported from visbrain.objects and defined as follow :

import numpy as np
from visbrain.objects import BrainObj, SceneObj, SourceObj

# Define a source and a brain objects :
b_obj_1 = BrainObj('white', translucent=False)
b_obj_2 = BrainObj('B1')
s_obj = SourceObj('my_sources', 50 * np.random.uniform(-1, 1, (100, 3)))

# Define a scene with a black background:
sc = SceneObj(bgcolor='black')

# Add the first brain object to the scene :
sc.add_to_subplot(b_obj_1, row=0, col=0)

# Add the source and the first brain object to same subplot :
sc.add_to_subplot(b_obj_2, row=0, col=1)
sc.add_to_subplot(s_obj, row=0, col=1)

# Finally, display the scene :

This is a non-exhaustive example. You definitively should take a look at the visbrain.objects.SceneObj

1.2. Complete object tutorial

For each object, we provide a complete tutorial with illustration of all functionalities.