Similar to functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), fNIRS measures blood flow changes in the brain, or the hemodynamic response. The CHGD fNIRS system is quiet, small, and motion tolerant — thus making it a child-friendly imaging method. Importantly, fNIRS allows for the study of awake and behaving infants, children, and adults, as well as the study of populations that cannot safely undergo fMRI or EEG. The system uses near infrared light, which can pass into the brain, to detect the changes in blood oxygenation — changes that reflect brain function and brain physiology.
fNIRS Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory is a shared-use facility. We welcome new colleagues interested in exploring fNIRS for their research, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org