Spring 2024 Methodology Applications Series: Unveiling the Brain through Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Yingying Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Special Education & Communication Disorders
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Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) uses infrared light to peer into the brain, unlocking secrets of human cognitive processes, emotions and behaviors. There has been an exponential increase in the use of fNIRS in neuroscience in recent decades.

This presentation introduces this non-invasive, cutting-edge neuroimaging technology and outlines how it can revolutionize our understanding of the brain. The possibility of visualizing and understanding the unseen activities of our minds can lead to the enhancement of mental health treatments or the improvement of educational strategies and beyond.