Using Optics to do Neuroscience: video about fNIRS

Dr Tachtsidis a CDT supervisor and his team from UCL Medical Physics in collaboration with neuroscientists from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in UCL have demonstrated the use of functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (or fNIRS, an optical technique for monitoring brain function) to investigate prefrontal cortex function, during a prospective memory task in freely moving subjects in the center of London.


Prospective memory is a form of memory that involves remembering to perform a planned action or intention and allows us “to imagine, plan for, and predict possible future events” using stored information.

You can watch a 10 minute video about this new technique here: