Tutorial - The application of fNIRS for measuring behavior


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The application of fNIRS for measuring behavior. 


Artinis medical systems


Currently, wearable fNIRS devices play an important part in many cognitive research fields, because it allows measuring brain activity during real-life situations without restrictions. Most behavioral research focuses on using electrophysiological measurements: this is problematic because our daily environment is full of electromagnetic noise, and electrophysiological measurements are usually highly susceptible to movement artifacts. As our wearable fNIRS devices suffer less from such artifacts, they are perfectly suited for providing robust data not only in this scenario, but also many other real-life scenarios.  

During the tutorial, we will discuss the use of fNIRS within behavioral science, geriatric, pediatric, cognitive neuroscience and entertainment research, including research on mice, sheep and even seals. Then, we will show how Artinis wearable fNIRS devices and the latest software can robustly measure brain activity, and how it can work together with EEG, eye tracking and the Noldus software (The Observer XT). Additionally, we will share our knowledge on how to work with the devices: how to obtain good quality data, how to analyse data, and how to set up your research paradigm in the most effective way possible.  

Overall, participants will learn how to set up a robust and reliable experimental paradigm using our fNIRS devices, what features of the devices are suitable for specific research goals and environments, and how to cope with movement artifacts. They will also learn how to use the latest software from Artinis. 

Examples of research that will be discussed