SPA-fNIRS hyperscanning

Our new study is the world’s first study that investigates how brain activity, as well as systemic physiology, synchronize/couple in interacting individuals.

Understanding the changes in brain activity during social interaction has become an important research topic in neuroscience. In the last decade, many studies involving different brain imaging devices and paradigms have been performed to this end.

Hyperscanning is a neuroimaging technique by which the brain activity of two or more people can be measured simultaneously while they interact with each other.

Our study aims to advance the traditional hyperscanning approach by measuring and analysing the coupling of brain and body activity of interacting subjects under different conditions (blocking of specific sensory communication channels).


Scholkmann et al. (2013). A new methodical approach in neuroscience: assessing inter-personal brain coupling using functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRI) hyperscanning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 813.


Sabino Guglielmini, Dr. sc. ETH

Postdoktorand, Klinik für Neonatologie

Felix Scholkmann, PD Dr. sc. nat.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Klinik für Neonatologie