Given the wide range of locations and environments in which epidemiological studies take place, it is important to use caution when preparing to incorporate fNIRS into study designs.
In preparing for this study, our team recognized multiple methodological challenges--including identification of neurobehavioral domains of interest, functional (brain) regions of interest, fNIRS task selection, and testing environment--that required thoughtful planning to adequately address.
According to Georgios Alexandrakis, a member of the UT Arlington research team, the newly developed optrodes could also be potentially useful to a variety of fNIRS projects, including the evaluation of recovery from stroke, changes in brain activity in Alzheimer's patients, the perception of pain, and for assessing developmental changes in normal and impaired pediatric populations.
The presentation, "Improved fNIRS Using a Novel Brush Optrode" is at 12:30 p.
But data generated by the fNIRS readings provide only a small piece of the puzzle.
HandShake isn't without a human component: A series of interviews, conducted by actual people, complements those fNIRS and EEG readings, allowing the test to be tailored to the individual's specific culture and circumstances.
fNIRS is a noninvasive optical technique that measures oxygen levels in the brain to chart neurological activity.
Harrivel and research associates are working on fNIRS at Glenn with 15 test subjects, who don headgear fitted with optical or electrical sensors and sit in a moving cockpit simulator that creates the sensation of flying.
The department of Psychology requires a state-of-the-art fNIRS device with a proved research record in monitoring functional activation in adults.
Because infant cognitive development is tightly intertwined with brain development we investigate effects of sensitivity on the neural underpinnings of socio-cognitive development, using fNIRS to image brain activity.
Contract notice: Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy fNIRS equipment (ITT/669)
psychoacoustics, fNIRS brain imaging, EEG/ERP paradigms, intercultural studies, infant studies), project CREAM will yield the first functional description of the neural and cognitive processes involved in the induction of emotions by music, and establish new avenues for interdisciplinary research between the life sciences and the information sciences.