Developmental Science Initiative Seminar | Theodore Huppert PhD

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
12:15pm to 1:15pm


Tobin 423

 Theodore Huppert PhD, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a talk titled The Bright Future of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Abstract: Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a non-invasive neuroimaging technique which uses low levels of light to measure changes in cerebral blood volume and oxygenation. Compared to other imaging methods such as fMRI, fNIRS is more portable and allows imaging in a wide range of ecologically valid experiments such as human movement, social interaction, and field assessments of brain function. FNIRS is also well suited for subject populations that are difficult to scan or contraindicated in fMRI. In this presentation, I will highlight some of the recent advancements in our understanding of the interpretation and analysis of fNIRS data, which have opened new doors to a range of studies. I will present an overview of some of these applications of fNIRS supported by my lab including the development of new tools for examining child development and social interaction and our work to validate these methods using on multimodal NIRS/EEG/MEG/fMRI imaging.

To learn more about Dr Huppert, visit

This talk is sponsered by the Developmental Science Initiative, Center for Research on Families, and the Clinical and Developmental Colloquia committees.

All are welcome!

Research Area: 

Clinical Psychology
Developmental Science