The Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory – BL2 recently held a two-day functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) training for summer research assistants, preparing them to gain certification in the use of fNIRS. Adam Stoneand Geo Kartheiser, fourth-year students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, led the training.

Participating research assistants and interns were: Carolyn Gershman, from the University of Rochester; Gavriella Shandler, from Oberlin College; Max Graham-Putter, a double major in Biology and Psychology at Gallaudet University; Jenelle Bloom, Communications Studies major at Gallaudet University; Emily Kubicek, incoming PEN student; and Victoria Mousley, from the College of the Holy Cross.

Adam Stone demonstrates the location of a key cranial landmark for accurately placing fNIRS optical probes on participants’ heads. Left: Carolyn Gershman, a summer research assistant from University of Rochester. Right: Geo Kartheiser.

Adam Stone demonstrates the location of a key cranial landmark for accurately placing fNIRS optical probes on participants’ heads. Left: Carolyn Gershman, a summer research assistant from University of Rochester. Right: Geo Kartheiser.

Adam Stone demonstrates a key cranial landmark for accurately placing fNIRS optical probes on participants’ heads. From left: Carolyn Gershman, from the University of Rochester; Gavriella Shandler, from Oberlin College; Geo Kartheiser; Maxwell Graham-Putter, a double major in Biology and Psychology at Gallaudet University; and Victoria Mousley, from the College of the Holy Cross.

Adam Stone demonstrates a key cranial landmark for accurately placing fNIRS optical probes on participants’ heads. From left: Carolyn Gershman, from the University of Rochester; Gavriella Shandler, from Oberlin College; Geo Kartheiser; Max Graham-Putter, a double major in Biology and Psychology at Gallaudet University; and Victoria Mousley, from the College of the Holy Cross.

Geo Kartheiser talks with Gavriella Shandler and Carolyn Gershman about the fNIRS system as Adam Stone looks on.

Geo Kartheiser talks with Gavriella Shandler and Carolyn Gershman about the fNIRS system as Adam Stone looks on.

Adam Stone and Geo Kartheiser conduct training with BL2 research assistants and interns. Clockwise from bottom left: Jenelle Bloom, Maxwell Graham-Putter, Carolyn Gershman, Gavriella Shandler, Stone, Kartheiser, Victoria Mousley, and Emily Kubicek.

Adam Stone and Geo Kartheiser conduct training with BL2 research assistants and interns. Clockwise from bottom left: Jenelle Bloom, Max Graham-Putter, Carolyn Gershman, Gavriella Shandler, Stone, Kartheiser, Victoria Mousley, and Emily Kubicek.

Adam Stone quizzes the trainees on using the fNIRS system as Geo Kartheiser looks on. Clockwise from bottom left: Maxwell Graham-Putter, Carolyn Gershman, Stone, Kartheiser, Jenelle Bloom, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler

Adam Stone quizzes the trainees on using the fNIRS system as Geo Kartheiser looks on. Clockwise from bottom left: Max Graham-Putter, Carolyn Gershman, Stone, Kartheiser, Jenelle Bloom, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler

Geo Kartheiser quizzes the trainees on using the fNIRS system as Adam Stone looks on. Clockwise from bottom left: Maxwell Graham-Putter, Carolyn Gershman, Stone, Kartheiser, Jenelle Bloom, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler

Geo Kartheiser quizzes the trainees on using the fNIRS system as Adam Stone looks on. Clockwise from bottom left: Max Graham-Putter, Carolyn Gershman, Stone, Kartheiser, Jenelle Bloom, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler

Geo Kartheiser demonstrates one of the features of the Hitachi ETG-4000 fNIRS brain imaging instrument used to record blood oxygenation changes in the human brain. Clockwise from bottom left: Carolyn Gershman, Adam Stone, Kartheiser, Emily Kubicek, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler.

Geo Kartheiser demonstrates one of the features of the Hitachi ETG-4000 fNIRS brain imaging instrument used to record blood oxygenation changes in the human brain. Clockwise from bottom left: Carolyn Gershman, Adam Stone, Kartheiser, Emily Kubicek, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler.

Adam Stone and Geo Kartheiser demonstrate accurate placement of fNIRS arrays on Carolyn Gershman.

Adam Stone and Geo Kartheiser demonstrate accurate placement of fNIRS arrays on Carolyn Gershman.

Adam Stone demonstrates the 3-D spatial localizer feature of BL2’s Hitachi ETG-4000 fNIRS brain imaging instrument. This feature allows research assistants to create an unique 3-D model of the human head with fNIRS probe locations for every participant, permitting accurate spatial localization of cortical activity.

Adam Stone demonstrates the 3-D spatial localizer feature of BL2’s Hitachi ETG-4000 fNIRS brain imaging instrument. This feature allows research assistants to create an unique 3-D model of the human head with fNIRS probe locations for every participant, permitting accurate spatial localization of cortical activity.

Geo Kartheiser indicates “Measurement” as one of the two “modes” of the Hitach ETG-4000 machine; the other mode is “Analysis.”

Geo Kartheiser indicates “Measurement” as one of the two “modes” of the Hitach ETG-4000 machine; the other mode is “Analysis.”

Adam Stone uses a 3-D digitizer pen on Carolyn Gershman to create a 3-D spatial model of the participant’s head, with fNIRS probe locations indicated, a key step in preparing data collection of blood oxygenation changes in BL2 participants’ cortical surfaces.

Adam Stone uses a 3-D digitizer pen on Carolyn Gershman to create a 3-D spatial model of the participant’s head, with fNIRS probe locations indicated, a key step in preparing data collection of blood oxygenation changes in BL2 participants’ cortical surfaces.

Emily Kubicek, Jenelle Bloom, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler participate in fNIRS training in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging.

Emily Kubicek, Jenelle Bloom, Victoria Mousley, and Gavriella Shandler participate in fNIRS training in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging.

Geo Kartheiser, fourth-year student in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, conducts training on the functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy equipment in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging.

Geo Kartheiser, fourth-year student in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, conducts training on the functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy equipment in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging.

Adam Stone, fourth-year student in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, conducts training on the functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy equipment in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging.

Adam Stone, fourth-year student in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, conducts training on the functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy equipment in the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging.