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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (5): 731-741.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00731

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The application of functional near-infrared spectroscopy in social cognitive neuroscience

YE Peixia1; ZHU Ruida1; TANG Honghong1; MAI Xiaoqin2; LIU Chao1   

  1. (1 State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Science and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China) (2 Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China)
  • Received:2016-07-14 Online:2017-05-15 Published:2017-05-15
  • Contact: MAI Xiaoqin, E-mail: LIU Chao, E-mail:


Social cognitive neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that explores the theory and practice of social science with cognitive neuroscience research methods. Recently, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) has become a hot technique used in social cognitive neuroscience for its advantage of high ecological validity, image security, high reliability and low cost. Currently, fNIRS is widely used in single brain research studying the neural mechanism of infant development, social economic decision- making and interpersonal interaction. In the future, it could be a very useful imaging tool in multi-brain research including neurofeedback, brain-computer interface, wireless equipment and multi-modality imaging.

Key words: functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), social cognitive neuroscience, hyperscanning, multi-brain research