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What to Expect

When you arrive at the University of Delaware, one of our team members will show you to the lab and begin to tell you about our research and the study you can participate in. Bring lots of questions! We love talking about the brain! Part of your visit may involve filling out some basic questionnaires at the start, kind of like you would at your doctors office. When we’re all set, you will spend your visit at the BOLD Lab playing different language and reading games such as naming pictures, reading funny words, or playing with sounds (e.g. say ‘cat’ without the ‘k’ sound). If you’re participating in a neuroimaging study with fNIRS, our team members will place a cap on your head. This cap will shine a low-intensity light on your head (no more intense than natural sunlight and absolutely safe). While you’re wearing this cap, we will be able to measure your brain activity (cool, huh?) while you play our language and reading games.

What is fNIRS?

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a neuroimaging technique that uses light to measure brain activity. The participant wears a cap with sensors. The sensors shine a very low-intensity light (less than natural sunlight, the equivalent of a flashlight) onto the head. The light allows us to measure changes in blood flow, which show us the the level of activity in the brain. This machine is safe, non-invasive, painless, and widely used around the world in both medicine and in scientific research.

Check out this website for more information on how fNIRS works!

Contact Information

Phone Number: 1 (302) 831-3841
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800 Barksdale Road
Newark, DE 19711

The BOLD Lab is located at the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science (800 Barksdale Road, Newark Delaware). If you go down at the end of South Main Street until you hit a 7- Eleven on Apple Road, make a right turn. At the end on Apple Road, take a left onto Barksdale Road. We are the third building on your right.

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