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Illuminating the developing brain: the past, present and future of functional near infrared spectroscopy

UNSPECIFIED and , Clare and Lloyd-Fox, Sarah and Blasi, Anna (2010) Illuminating the developing brain: the past, present and future of functional near infrared spectroscopy. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 34 (3), pp. 269-284. ISSN 0149-7634.

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A decade has passed since near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) was first applied to functional brain imaging in infants. As part of the team that published the first functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) infant study in 1998, we have continued to develop and refine both the technology and methods associated with these measurements. The increasing international interest that this technology is generating among neurodevelopmental researchers and the recent technical developments in biomedical optics have prompted us to compile this review of the challenges that have been overcome in this field, and the practicalities of performing fNIRS in infants. We highlight the increasingly diverse and ambitious studies that have been undertaken and review the technological and methodological advances that have been made in the study design, optical probe development, and interpretation and analyses of the haemodynamic response. A strong emphasis is placed on the potential of the technology and future prospects of fNIRS in the field of developmental neuroscience.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), optical imaging, infant, developmental neuroscience, functional brain imaging
School: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 09:34
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:25

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