Some of the most urgent issues confronting the scientific community today involve mental health and the development of the human brain. Thus, the field of developmental neuroscience aims to uncover the developmental trajectory of the human brain and understand the changes that occur as a function of aging. Understanding the mechanisms of aging will help the scientific community move closer towards discovering the causes of nervous system diseases related to aging. Here, we describe the data generated in the Southwest University Adult Lifespan Dataset (SALD), which comprises a large cross-sectional sample (n = 494; age range = 19-80) undergoing a multi-modal (sMRI, rs-fMRI, and behavioral). The goals of the SALD are to give researchers the opportunity to map the structural and functional changes the human brain undergoes throughout adulthood and to replicate previous findings.

The dataset includes:

A more detailed description can be found in

Wei, D., Zhuang, K., Chen, Q., Yang, W., Liu, W., Wang, K., ... & Qiu, J. (2017). Structural and functional MRI from a cross-sectional Southwest University Adult lifespan Dataset (SALD). bioRxiv, 177279.

Experimental Protocol

Subjects were instructed to lie down, close their eyes, and rest without thinking about anything specific without falling asleep.

Data Release Download (S3)

Data for SALD are available for download in an Amazon Web Services S3 bucket in both uncompressed and compressed format, in the folders RawData_BIDS and RawData_tar, respectively.

Each file in the S3 bucket can only be accessed using HTTP (i.e., no ftp or scp ). You can obtain a URL for each desired file and then download it using an HTTP client such as a web browser, wget, or curl. Each file can only be accessed using its literal name - wildcards (i.e. "*") will not work.

There are file transfer programs that can handle S3 natively and will allow you to navigate through the data using a file browser. Cyberduck is one such program that works with Windows and Mac OS X. Cyberduck also has a command line version that works with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Once "duck" is installed, run the followign command to downlaod the whole dataset in the folders.

duck --verbose -u anonymous --download s3://fcp-indi/data/Projects/INDI/SALD/RawData_BIDS/ ~/Downloads/

Instructions for using the Cyberduck program are as follows:

Cyberduck GUI

Data Release Download (Direct Download)

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Dataset Description



This data repository was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31470981; 31571137; 31500885), National Outstanding young people plan, the Program for the Top Young Talents by Chongqing, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (SWU1509383,SWU1509451,SWU1609177), Natural Science Foundation of Chongqing (cstc2015jcyjA10106), Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation (151023) , General Financial Grant from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2015M572423, 2015M580767), Special Funds from the Chongqing Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Xm2015037, Xm2016044), Key research for Humanities and social sciences of Ministry of Education (14JJD880009).

Usage Agreement

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