About this Research Topic
Consequently, topics that NIRS studies could address are highly variable, and more diverse than those with other non-invasive imaging research techniques. That fact makes NIRS most suitable for the functional research of prefrontal cortex, which has been undertaken with respect to more broadly based issues across the broad expanse of disciplines. In fact, many academic journals in diverse areas publish findings obtained from pioneering NIRS measurements of brain regions. This diversity of NIRS applications makes difficult to access accumulated experience. Protocols of NIRS recordings from various studies are not yet standardized and not grounded on available knowledge of NIRS use. Researchers interested in NIRS would benefit from an overview about its potential utilities for future research directions.
To resolve these problems, this Research Topic provides a forum for scientists planning functional studies of prefrontal brain activation using NIRS. It addresses multifaceted aspects of applying NIRS to various scientific disciplines such as pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, neurophysiology, neuroethology. This forum serves as a reference repository of knowledge from these fields as well as a conduit of information from leading researchers before it would be standardized in textbooks. It offers an extensive cross-referencing system that will facilitate search and retrieval of information about NIRS measurements in activation studies. Reviews of current methodological problems of NIRS research and its perspectives, as well as the presentations of ongoing original work are welcomed.
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