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NIRS as a tool for assaying emotional function in the prefrontal cortex


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Title: NIRS as a tool for assaying emotional function in the prefrontal cortex
Authors: Doi, Hirokazu / Nishitani, Shota / Shinohara, Kazuyuki
Issue Date: 18-Nov-2013
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Citation: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 77; 2013
Abstract: Despite having relatively poor spatial and temporal resolution, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has several methodological advantages compared with other non-invasive measurements of neural activation. For instance, the unique characteristics of NIRS give it potential as a tool for investigating the role of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in emotion processing. However, there are several obstacles in the application of NIRS to emotion research. In this mini-review, we discuss the findings of studies that used NIRS to assess the effects of PFC activation on emotion. Specifically, we address the methodological challenges of NIRS measurement with respect to the field of emotion research, and consider potential strategies for mitigating these problems. In addition, we show that two fields of research, investigating (i) biological predisposition influencing PFC responses to emotional stimuli and (ii) neural mechanisms underlying the bi-directional interaction between emotion and action, have much to gain from the use of NIRS. With the present article, we aim to lay the foundation for the application of NIRS to the above-mentioned fields of emotion research.
Keywords: Autonomic nervous system / Emotion / Hemispheric asymmetry / NIRS / Prefrontal cortex / Reward
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/34037
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00770
Rights: © 2013 Doi, Nishitani and Shinohara. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Type: Journal Article
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