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An online database of infant functional Near InfraRed Spectroscopy studies: A community-augmented systematic review

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Cristia,  Alejandrina
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Schuetze,  Manuela
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Kivits,  José
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Bergvelt,  Tomas
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Van Gelder,  Marjolijn
Neurobiology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Cristia, A., Dupoux, E., Hakuno, Y., Lloyd-Fox, S., Schuetze, M., Kivits, J., et al. (2013). An online database of infant functional Near InfraRed Spectroscopy studies: A community-augmented systematic review. PLoS One, 8(3): e58906. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058906.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000E-B1A2-2
Abstract
Until recently, imaging the infant brain was very challenging. Functional Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a promising, relatively novel technique, whose use is rapidly expanding. As an emergent field, it is particularly important to share methodological knowledge to ensure replicable and robust results. In this paper, we present a community-augmented database which will facilitate precisely this exchange. We tabulated articles and theses reporting empirical fNIRS research carried out on infants below three years of age along several methodological variables. The resulting spreadsheet has been uploaded in a format allowing individuals to continue adding new results, and download the most recent version of the table. Thus, this database is ideal to carry out systematic reviews. We illustrate its academic utility by focusing on the factors affecting three key variables: infant attrition, the reliability of oxygenated and deoxygenated responses, and signal-to-noise ratios. We then discuss strengths and weaknesses of the DBIfNIRS, and conclude by suggesting a set of simple guidelines aimed to facilitate methodological convergence through the standardization of reports.