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Investigation of frontal lobe activation with fNIRS and systemic changes during video gaming.

Tachtsidis, I; Papaioannou, A; (2013) Investigation of frontal lobe activation with fNIRS and systemic changes during video gaming. Adv Exp Med Biol , 789 89 - 95. 10.1007/978-1-4614-7411-1_13. Green open access

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Abstract

Frontal lobe activation caused by tasks such as videogames can be investigated using multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), sometimes called optical topography. The aims of this study are to investigate the effects of video gaming (fighting and puzzle games) in the brain and the systemic physiology and to determine whether systemic responses during the gaming task are associated with the measurement of localised cerebral haemodynamic changes as measured by fNIRS. We used a continuous-wave 8-channel fNIRS system to measure the changes in concentration of oxy-haemoglobin (HbO2) and deoxy-haemoglobin (HHb) and changes in total haemoglobin (ΔtHb = ΔHbO2 + ΔHHb) over the frontal lobe in 30 healthy volunteers. The Portapres system was used to measure mean blood pressure (MBP) and heart rate (HR), and a laser Doppler was employed to measure the changes in scalp blood flow (or flux). Even though we observed significant changes in systemic variables during gaming, in particular in scalp flow, we also managed to see localised activation patterns over the frontal polar (FP1) region. However, in some channels over the frontal lobe, we also observed significant correlations between the HbO2 and systemic variables.

Type: Article
Title: Investigation of frontal lobe activation with fNIRS and systemic changes during video gaming.
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-7411-1_13
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7411-1_13
Language: English
Additional information: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited.
Keywords: Adult, Blood Pressure, Cerebrovascular Circulation, Frontal Lobe, Heart Rate, Hemodynamics, Hemoglobins, Humans, Oxyhemoglobins, Psychomotor Performance, Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared, Video Games, Young Adult
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1400803
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