Characterization of mind wandering using fNIRS

Durantin, Gautier, Dehais, Frederic and Delorme, Arnaud (2015) Characterization of mind wandering using fNIRS. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9 1-7. doi:10.3389/fnsys.2015.00045

Author Durantin, Gautier
Dehais, Frederic
Delorme, Arnaud
Title Characterization of mind wandering using fNIRS
Journal name Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1662-5137
Publication date 2015-03-26
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3389/fnsys.2015.00045
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Abstract Assessing whether someone is attending to a task has become important for educational and professional applications. Such attentional drifts are usually termed mind wandering (MW). The purpose of the current study is to test to what extent a recent neural imaging modality can be used to detect MW episodes. Functional near infrared spectroscopy is a non-invasive neuroimaging technique that has never been used so far to measure MW. We used the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART) to assess when subjects attention leaves a primary task. Sixteen-channel fNIRS data were collected over frontal cortices. We observed significant activations over the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) during MW, a brain region associated with the default mode network (DMN). fNIRS data were used to classify MW data above chance level. In line with previous brain-imaging studies, our results confirm the ability of fNIRS to detect Default Network activations in the context of MW.
Keyword Default mode network
Linear discriminant analysis
Mind wandering
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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