A new methodical approach in neuroscience: assessing inter-personal brain coupling using functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRI) hyperscanning

Scholkmann, Felix; Holper, Lisa; Wolf, Ursula; Wolf, Martin (2013). A new methodical approach in neuroscience: assessing inter-personal brain coupling using functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRI) hyperscanning. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7, p. 813. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00813

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Since the first demonstration of how to simultaneously measure brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on two subjects about 10 years ago, a new paradigm in neuroscience is emerging: measuring brain activity from two or more people simultaneously, termed "hyperscanning". The hyperscanning approach has the potential to reveal inter-personal brain mechanisms underlying interaction-mediated brain-to-brain coupling. These mechanisms are engaged during real social interactions, and cannot be captured using single-subject recordings. In particular, functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRI) hyperscanning is a promising new method, offering a cost-effective, easy to apply and reliable technology to measure inter-personal interactions in a natural context. In this short review we report on fNIRI hyperscanning studies published so far and summarize opportunities and challenges for future studies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary Medicine (ICOM)

UniBE Contributor:

Scholkmann, Felix and Wolf, Ursula

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1662-5161

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sabine Klein

Date Deposited:

21 May 2014 09:31

Last Modified:

19 Dec 2014 20:37

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fnhum.2013.00813

PubMed ID:

24348362

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.52184

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/52184

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